Medical examiner rules Md. officer died from ‘self-inflicted injury’

Thomas Bomba was found with a gunshot wound on top of a parking garage


Phil Davis
Baltimore Sun

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Montgomery County police officer who died after being found shot on the top of a Silver Spring parking garage died from a “self-inflicted injury,” according to the department.

In a news release Tuesday, the department said the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Washington ruled that Officer Thomas Bomba died “as the result of a self-inflicted injury.”

Officer Thomas Bomba's death is still being investigated, authorities say. (Photo/ODMP)
Officer Thomas Bomba's death is still being investigated, authorities say. (Photo/ODMP)

Police had originally treated Bomba’s death a homicide and officers were searching for a suspect in his death, but County Police Chief Marcus Jones said Tuesday that investigators were “looking at all options in regards to this investigation.”

Bomba was found shot Monday on the top level of parking garage at the intersection of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring.

He was on patrol around 9 a.m. when he reported he saw “disorderly subjects” at the parking garage.

Chief Jones said that once officers found Bomba on the top floor of the garage, they only located his weapon.

In a statement released Tuesday, the department said it will continue to investigate Bomba’s death.

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

Bomba, a 13-year veteran of the force, is survived by a wife and two children.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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