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Four Officers Fired at Germantown Man Who’s Been Charged with Six Counts of Assault

November 15, 2018

Montgomery County Police have charged the man who was shot by police in a Germantown cul-de-sac on Sunday afternoon.

   At 2:41 pm officers were called to the unit block of Cross Laurel Court in Germantown for the report of a man with a gun pointing it at others and acting odd. According to police, the man, who has been identified as 26-year-old Devin Conlon Brunner, he lives in the cul-de-sac.

   Montgomery County Police report that four officers fired at Brunner after he refused to comply with their orders to drop the weapon and he pointed the gun at the officers. Police spokesman, Rebecca Innocenti, did not say how many of the four officers who fired, actually struck Brunner, or how many times he was shot.

   Once the shooting stopped, officers rendered first aid and called for Fire and Rescue personnel. Brunner was transported to a local hospital for treatment where he remains. He is expected to survive.

   Upon investigation revealed that the gun that Brunner had in his possession was a pellet gun designed to resemble an authentic firearm.

    Police say, Brunner was outside in the parking area of the townhouse community on Cross Laurel Court pointing the gun at numerous homes. A neighbor called 9-1-1 stating that when he went outside, the suspect pointed a handgun at him. The caller went back into his home and told another resident about the situation. Both residents looked out the window and observed the suspect pointing the handgun at them, according to police.

   Numerous officers from the 5th District in Germantown responded to the incident. When the officers encountered in the cul-de-sac in possession of the gun. Brunner did not comply with repeated commands by the officers to drop the handgun. During the encounter, Brunner pointed the gun at the officers and was subsequently shot. No officers were injured.

   On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Brunner was served with a warrant charging him with four counts of first-degree assault against a police officer and two counts of first-degree assault against a resident. Brunner is being held on a no-bond status.

   According to Maryland Case Search, Brunner has a number of previous run-ins with the police, including three in the last five months. In November of 2016, Brunner was charged with second-degree assault and possession of a dangerous concealed weapon, was found not guilty of the assault and acquitted on the weapon charge in April of 2017.

   According to Montgomery County Police, the four officers who discharged their service weapons are identified as James Baker, Andres Naranjo-Cano, Mark Kopp, and Sarah Obando. The four officers are currently assigned to

the Patrol Division and work in the 5th District. As is protocol, Officers Baker, Naranjo-Cano, Kopp, and Obando have been placed on paid administrative leave during this investigation.

   MCPD said that the body-worn camera footage from responding officers has been reviewed by investigative personnel, and this officer-involved shooting incident remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.



Top: A large police presence could be seen near the intersection of Cross Laurel Court and Cross Laurel Drive at the scene of an officer-involved shooting.

Next: Pellet gun that Brunner was holding which was designed to resemble an authentic firearm. Photo courtesy MCPD.

Next: A large number of police cruisers line Cross Laurel Drive and Brink Road on Sunday afternoon after a man was shot by police on Sunday afternoon.


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