Updated: Gunman Tells Police to Kill Him, Suffers Fatal Gunshot Wound in Silver Spring

Police said the man called 911 and said he wanted to die at the hands of police.

Update, 1:59 p.m.: The gunman has been identified as Tracy Woodfork of Bladensburg, MD, according to police. 

Original story, Monday, Oct. 8 10:50 a.m.: Police early Monday shot a 22-year-old man in a confrontation outside a home in Silver Spring after the man called 911 and said he wanted police to kill him, a spokesperson for Montgomery County police said. The man later died at a hospital.

Officers responded to the 9500 block of Woodland Drive about 3:15 a.m. after a man called 911 and said he wanted to die, he had a gun and he wanted police to kill him, said Rebecca Innocenti, public information officer for the department.

Workers at 911 were able to locate the man by using cell phone records and  contacting his family, Innocenti said.

Patrol officers found a man with a gun in a stairwell outside of the home in Silver Spring, police said. Innocenti said the man’s 23-year-old girlfriend was inside the home with three children.

Police said the home belonged to a babysitting client of the man's girlfriend.

While police officers distracted the gunman outside, other officers took the woman and children out the front door, police said.

At 5:03 a.m. the man began to walk up from the stairwell with the firearm, Innocenti said, and there was an “encounter” between him and police in which the man was shot by one of the officers. Details were not available because the incident was under investigation, she said.

The man was taken to a hospital where he later died, Innocenti said.

Editor's note: This story was updated to include that the home was not that of the gunman.

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Bill Hussein O'Stalin October 08, 2012 at 03:58 PM
So the police did what he wanted. That's customer service!
Captain Cook October 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Suicide by cop - a growing national pattern and the poor LEO now has the burden of a grand juty and manditory head shrinking.
jag October 08, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Do you understand how pathetic your life is? You're a disgusting human being.
Kim Cooke October 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
As horrible as this is, thank God he didn't kill the family.
Paul Teich October 08, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Hard to imagine the same sad outcome if this poor soul had not been able to obtain a gun so easily. More blood on the hands of the NRA.
Bill Hussein O'Stalin October 08, 2012 at 09:56 PM
How do you know he owned it legally? Even if he did he as using it in an illegal manner.
ilkunta October 09, 2012 at 11:15 AM
This is the same neighbirdhood where Erika Smith, Greg Russell, and Brian Betts were murdered. Google 9335 columbia rd & 9337 columbia blvd silver spring .
ilkunta October 09, 2012 at 11:18 AM
@paul : Tracy had a fake gun.
Queen October 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Look, this isn't a joke. I knew him!! And i had just seen him. He didn't want to die, he was going through something. Just because he said he wanted to die at the time, that gave the cops no reason to kill him.
Queen October 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
He wasn't going to kill the family. The gun was fake
Queen October 09, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I understand that everyone has an opinion about this, but Tracy was a very good person. He never hurt anyone and he was on the right track in his life. This is horrible. I had just seen him 1 month ago. I had just had a conversation with him. His gun was fake! There's always 3 parts to a story. Man/Woman # 1, Man/woman # 2, and the TRUTH
Malcolm Wilson October 11, 2012 at 03:28 PM
While indeed it is tragic, I cannot accept the "gun was a fake". Imagine being on the opposite side of that barrel trying to figure it out and you make the wrong decision? Unfortunately for his friends and his family, he put a horrible scenario into play by calling 911 and first stating that he was armed.


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