- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Montgomery County police officer who died Monday at a Silver Spring parking garage took his own life, officials said Tuesday evening.

The chief medical examiner of the District of Columbia ruled that the death of Officer Thomas J. Bomba, 38, was a suicide, the Montgomery County Police said in a press release.

Officer Bomba, 38, died Monday morning in Washington Hospital Center after he was transported by helicopter from a parking garage at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street, where police officers found him with a gunshot wound at about 9 a.m. after calling in backup for what he described as disorderly conduct.

“The outpouring of support from the community has been greatly appreciated during this trying time,” the press release said.

County Executive Marc Elrich offered his “heartfelt sympathy” for the family, friends and the law enforcement community in the press release.

“This situation shines the light on how stressful law enforcement can be, and we must find ways to better support the men and women who have pledged to protect us,” Mr. Elrich said. “While we all experience stress in our lives, it is difficult to imagine what law enforcement officers are going through on a daily basis.”

Acting Police Chief Marcus Jones had said Monday that Officer Bomba called out his request for assistance, but no further transmission was heard from him. When police arrived shortly after, he had already been shot.

Chief Jones told reporters that the Major Crimes Unit was investigating the death as a homicide and that they were actively looking for the person who shot him, although no additional weapons other than Officer Bomba’s were found on the scene.

The press release said that Officer Bomba was wearing a body camera, but it was not activated. It adds that police are continuing to collect evidence to complete a “thorough and exhaustive investigation.”

Officer Bomba worked in the 3rd Police District, which services the Silver Spring area. He is survived by a wife and two children.

The Montgomery County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35 is collecting donations for the family of Officer Bomba which can be made out to Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officer Relief Fund and mailed to 18512 Office Park Drive, Montgomery Village, Maryland 20886.

The last time a Montgomery County Police Officer died of a gunshot wound was in April. Officer Kyle Olinger, 53, died of health complications from a gunshot wound he sustained in 2003 during a traffic stop in Silver Spring.

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