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Death of Montgomery County Police Officer Ruled Suicide

News Release, Montgomery County Police

On October 14, 2019, Officer Thomas J. Bomba was found shot on the top level of a parking garage located at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring.  Officer Bomba was transported to the Washington Hospital Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Today, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the District of Columbia has ruled Officer Bomba’s death as the result of a self-inflicted injury.

Officer Bomba was wearing his body-worn camera, but it had not been activated.  We continue to evaluate evidence collected at the scene as part of our commitment to completing a thorough and exhaustive investigation.

The outpouring of support from the community has been greatly appreciated during this trying time.

Memorial service details are not available at this time.  More information regarding memorial services for Officer Thomas J. Bomba will be provided when available.


The Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division is currently investigating the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba that occurred this morning in Silver Spring.

Today at approximately 8:49 a.m., Officer Thomas J. Bomba of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District was on routine patrol when he radioed to the dispatcher that he had been flagged down by someone regarding disorderly subjects in the public parking garage located on the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring. There was no additional communication from Officer Bomba. Additional officers responded to the area to assist him with the call.

The first assisting officer located Officer Bomba on the top level of the garage suffering from a  gunshot wound and immediately radioed for additional support to include Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services. Officers attempted lifesaving measures on the scene and Officer Bomba was subsequently transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.

Officer Thomas Bomba, age 38, of Gaithersburg, was a 13-year veteran of the Police Department. He was assigned to the Patrol Services Division in the 3rd District. He is survived by his wife and two children.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation.  Detectives urge anyone with information to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.  To be eligible for a reward, tipsters may call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County toll-free at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or enter a tip online. Crime Solvers will pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information provided to them that leads to an arrest and/or indictment of the suspects.  Tipsters may remain anonymous.


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