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Officer dies after fellow officer responding to help found him shot in parking garage

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Posted at 9:47 AM, Oct 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-15 14:42:54-04

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WMAR) — A Montgomery County Police officer is dead after being shot in the line of duty Monday morning in Silver Spring.

Officer Thomas Bomba had radioed to dispatch at 8:49 a.m., that he was with someone acting disorderly inside a parking garage in the area of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street.

According to police, that was his last radio transmission.

When another officer arrived on scene to help out, they found Bomba shot at the top level of the garage.

Bomba, a 13-year veteran of the department, was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Acting Police Chief Marcus Jones called Bomba a "dedicated officer" who primarily worked patrol in the downtown Silver Spring business district.

He was 38-years-old, with a wife and two kids according to Jones.

Police say Bomba was wearing a body worn camera, though it's unclear if it was activated at the time of the incident.

Right now, detectives have no evidence or leads on any suspects, but are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Bomba's gun was found at the scene. Police weren't able to say if it had been fired or even drawn when the shooting occurred.

At this time, officials don't believe there is any danger to the public.

Several leaders and police departments throughout the state offered their condolences on social media.