Silver Spring bank robbery suspect killed by police identified

Mikyas Tegegne (Metropolitan Police Department)

Police have identified the man shot and killed by an officer after he attempted to rob a bank Wednesday in Silver Spring.

Montgomery County police announced Thursday that they have identified the victim as Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, 31, of no fixed address.

Police said Tegegne was attempting to flee from the area when an officer responding to the armed bank robbery located him in a parking garage behind the BB&T Bank at 1100 Wayne Avenue. During a confrontation, Tegegne was then shot by the officer.

Officers attempted life-saving measures at the scene, and Montgomery County Fire & Rescue personnel transported Tegegne to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Christopher LaPointe, a two-and-a-half-year veteran of the Department. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau and works in the 3rd District. As is protocol, LaPointe has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

A 911 call at 10:48 a.m. said the suspect, who demanded $20,000, was armed with a gun and claimed to have a bomb. The caller also provided a description of the suspect.

Tegegne fled the scene without any money.

The Montgomery County Fire and Explosive Investigative Unit determined that the device found in the backpack worn by the suspect at the bank and during the encounter with the officer, did not have explosive capabilities but was made to appear as an explosive device. Police said the suspect also displayed a gun in his waistband at the bank, which was recovered on his person after he was shot in the garage.

Detectives believe that Tegegne previously committed a robbery at the Sandy Spring Bank located at 8401 Colesville Road in Silver Spring on Dec. 24, 2018.

Police said Wednesday’s incident remains under investigation. Detectives are currently reviewing all available video footage to include officers’ body-worn camera footage and all other evidence as part of the ongoing investigation.

with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at (240) 773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.

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