Police investigate fatal officer-involved shooting in Montgomery Village

GAITHERSBURG, MD. (WUSA9) - An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting between a man and a Montgomery County Police officer in Montgomery Village.

Around 11 p.m., police said Officer Matthew McGowan responded to 10022 Stedwick Road after a report of a bike theft.  When he arrived at the scene, Officer McGowan spoke with 28-year-old Richard Alexander Tilley.

The officer then began to write a police report. That is when, officials say Officer McGowan’s body camera showed Tilley suddenly without provocation took out a knife and lunged at the officer.

Officials said Officer McGowan initially began to defend himself from the attack and fell to the ground.  They said Tilley continued to assault the officer and Officer McGowan drew his gun, shooting multiple rounds and striking Tilley. 

Officer McGowan then reported that shots had been fired and requested assistance at the scene near the Center Court Condominium Complex. He also called for Fire and Rescue personnel to respond. 

Once on scene first responders found Tilley suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. Tilley was taken to a local hospital where he later died.

According to Asst. Chief McSwain, a weapon has been recovered, however police have not confirmed it's connection to the incident.

Officer McGowan, a five year veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue to investigate the incident.  Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the Major Crimes Division at 240.773.5070.

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