UPDATE: Police Identify Suspect in Officer-Involved Shooting

Police officer placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Update, Feb. 20, 4:45 p.m.: Emmanuel Okutuga, age 26, of no fixed address, has been identified as the suspect in Saturday's officer-involved shooting outside City Place Mall in downtown Silver Spring, according to a Mongomery County Police media release.

District 3 patrol officer Christopher Jordan has been named as the officer who fired two shots at Okutuga when he refused to comply with the officer's commands to relinquish an ice pick, police said.

At approximately 5:14 p.m., Jordan answered a call by City Place security guards to assist with Okutuga, who had assaulted a mall security official, police said.

Okutuga was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Jordan remains on administrative leave pending the investigation.

Update, Feb. 19, 10:55 p.m.: Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division–Homicide/Sex Section are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday evening outside City Place Mall in downtown Silver Spring.

No other community members or the officer were injured during the incident, according to a police media release.

The officer, who has been with the department for over four years, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, police said.

Update, 7:52 p.m.: An unidentified man has been shot and killed by a police officer after a dispute took place at downtown Silver Spring's .

At 5:15 p.m. a police offer arrived on the scene of a dispute that was already taking place, according to Lucille Baur, a Montgomery County Police spokeswoman. At the scene, an individual involved in the dispute yelled at the officer that the other person had a weapon, Baur said.

The man was carrying what is being described as an ice pick. Baur said that the police officer — who will not be named until Sunday — asked the man to drop his weapon and after the man's persistent refusal, the police officer fired several shots.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and his identification is still unknown, Baur said. Police are continuing to investigate the dispute. The man's name will be released once his identity is discovered and his family has been informed.

Colesville Road between Spring Street and Georgia Avenue will remain closed while the police wait for the scene to be cleared.

Update, 6:47 p.m.: A shooting involving a police officer near Colesville Road is being investigated, according to police.

Colesville Road between Spring Street and Georgia Avenue will remain closed while the incident is investigated.

Original Post, Feb. 19, 6:28 p.m.: Colesville Road between Spring Street and Georgia Avenue has been closed due to police activity.

An officer is involved in a incident that occurred in that area, according to a Montgomery County Police spokesperson. The streets will be closed while the incident is being investigated.

Check back to Silver Spring Patch as we cover the story.

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the incident as a domestic dispute. We regret the error.

Jesseka Kadylak February 20, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Carl, the press conference and press release didn't say whether the officer saw the weapon, but that after asking the man to drop it he refused. A weapon—an ice pick—was recovered from the scene, so the man was indeed armed.
yaya February 20, 2011 at 01:44 PM
Wow I can't believe they wud shoot him 3 times and once in the head. Month county seems to be real trigger happy these days
yaya February 20, 2011 at 01:45 PM
I meant montgomery county.
Mike Jones February 20, 2011 at 02:10 PM
They need to tear down City Place. That place attracts the wrong people...
insider February 22, 2011 at 08:43 PM
the suspect was coming at the officer with an ice pick.. and they already had knowledge that he had just stabbed two other people... i think if someone was coming at me with an ice pick i would shoot them in self defense too. have a little respect and faith in your law enforcement please and don't be so quick to assume they are trigger happy or involved in police brutality. you clearly don't have all the details.


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