By: David M. Higgins II, Publisher
UPDATE 04/27/2020 By Charles County Sheriff’s Office: The gunman has been identified by detectives as De Quang Tran, 59, of La Plata. The officer who fired and disabled the gunman is PFC Morrison, who is assigned to the Patrol Division. Detectives are still working to establish a motive. The investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE 4/26/2020 @6:15 p.m.: On April 26, at approximately 10:20 a.m., officers responded to the 10000 block of Spring Oak Court in La Plata for the report of a home invasion in progress.
As officers were responding, 911 received additional calls advising the suspect – armed with a military-style long gun – had approached several homes in the neighborhood. He broke out a window to one house and then walked to the front yard of another home where he fired multiple rounds at the residence.
When officers arrived, they heard numerous gunshots and observed the man firing at the house, which they learned was occupied by several people including children. One of the officers discharged his firearm, which struck and disabled the gunman.
The officers approached the man, secured the weapon and initiated CPR until paramedics arrived.
The man was transported to Charles Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Detectives are working to establish a motive and his name will be released once his next of kin has been identified.
The officer, a five-year veteran, will be placed on administrative leave in accordance with agency policy.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective G. Higgs at (301) 609-6497. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS.
Tips can also be submitted online at www.charlescountycrimesolvers.com or by using the P3Intel mobile app. The investigation is ongoing.
La Plata, MD- Police, and EMS have responded to Spring Oak Court in La Plata, MD for a shooting. Reports say one person had been shot.
A MEDEVAC was requested but is down due to weather.
Police are securing the scene.
Watch for emergency vehicles and stay away from the area.
This is a developing story.