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Frederick officer fires gun at two suspects shooting at each other Friday night

Police said this is not related to Friday’s Kris Kringle parade and appears to be an isolated incident.

FREDERICK, Md. — One man is in custody and another is still being sought after a shooting between the two which was disrupted by a responding officer firing their weapon on Friday night, according to police.

Around 8:20 p.m., the Frederick Police Department received multiple reports of gunfire in the Unit Block of South Market Street near the area of W. All Saints Street. 

Police said the calls described two people in a confrontation that escalated to the pair exchanging gunfire with each other. 

When police arrived, an officer observed the two involved in the exchange and fired his department-issued firearm at one of the suspects.

One of the suspects threw away his firearm and raised his hands in the air to surrender. He was taken into custody without incident. 

No one involved was injured. 

The second suspect involved is still on the loose, and officers are at the scene investigating to obtain information and evidence to help learn his identity.

FPD said the shooting appears to be an isolated incident between two known parties and not a random act of violence and not related to Friday evening’s Kris Kringle parade.

Anyone with information or video in the area of S. Market Street, W. All Saints Street and Ice Street should call the police department at 301-600-2102.  

“The Frederick Police Department is committed to ensuring the general public feels safe at all times,” said Chief of Police Jason Lando. “We realize tonight’s incident in our downtown corridor shortly after the Kris Kringle parade was concerning to residents. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result. Further, we can confirm that there is no current threat to the general public, and our officers and detectives are doing everything in their power to apprehend the other individual involved in this incident.” 

The Montgomery County Police Department will run the investigation into the officer’s use of force in an attempt to avoid conflicts of interest.

“Any time an officer discharges their firearm, we have an obligation to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation,” said Lando. “We appreciate the Montgomery County Police Department for agreeing to conduct the internal investigation and will cooperate with them throughout the process. Additional details surrounding the incident will be released at the conclusion of their investigation."

No other information was immediately available.

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