ROCKVILLE, Md. — One suspect has been killed and three others have been arrested in connection with two gun shop burglaries that stretched over two counties within nearly 24 hours of each other.
Montgomery County Police have charged 21-year-old Terrence Massey, Jr, Brandon Allen Jackson, 17, and an unnamed 15-year-old juvenile, all of Anne Arundel County, with the burglaries.
It all started Wednesday around 2 a.m. in Howard County, when the suspects allegedly drove a stolen car through the front of Fox's Firearms store on Scaggsville Road in Laurel.
The suspects reportedly stole several guns from the shop and fled the scene.
Just more than 24 hours later, police say the same suspects again took a stolen car and rammed their way through United Gun Store, in the 5400 block of Randolph Road in Rockville.
This time, someone saw what was happening and called 911.
Montgomery County Police Officer John Gloss arrived within four minutes and found a stolen white SUV in front of the store.
Officials say the SUV began accelerating towards Gloss as he was getting out of his car, causing the 20-year veteran to fire his gun.
The SUV tried driving off but became disabled just a quarter mile away on Randolph Road, prompting four of the suspects to bail out of the vehicle.
Police found 17-year-old Marquise Weems still inside the SUV suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
It wasn't until later that detectives were able to link the incident with the earlier burglary in Laurel.
With help from Howard County Police and the ATF, Montgomery County investigators were able to identify Jackson, Massey, and the 15-year-old as three of the suspects involved in both cases.
At this point, police say they've located 17 of the stolen guns but remain in search of at least 10 from the Rockville burglary.
Howard County Police are continuing their investigation and are reportedly expected to file separate charges related to the Laurel burglary sometime in the near future.
In the meantime, the suspects are facing two counts each of second-degree burglary involving a firearm and one count of being in possession of stolen firearms in Montgomery County.
According to online court records, Massey is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 12, while Jackson, who's being charged as an adult, is slated to appear on June 28.
There is no word on the fourth suspect who reportedly ran off.
Officer Gloss has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.