Family of Man Shot By Police in Front of Gaithersburg McDonald’s Raise Questions About Montgomery County Police’s Actions
The family of Ryan LeRoux, who was shot and killed by police Friday evening in front of the McDonald’s located at 18273 Flower Hill Way in Gaithersburg, have seen the bodycam footage from the incident and are questioning why it had to end the way that it did.
According to a report Monday by NBC 4’s Pat Collins, police do not have bodycam footage of LeRoux holding a weapon. LeRoux’s father is quoted in the story saying that police fired 24 shots at his son, and “They all unload on him and he supposedly raised a handgun. If you want to know my perspective, he raised his hands. He just raised his hands up. There’s nothing they’ve been able to show or prove that he raised his handgun. Nothing. And then they just went crazy”.
LeRoux’s father has said that his son was in a bad mental state at the time and had been living in his vehicle.
You can watch the full NBC 4 story, which includes cell phone video of the incident as well as recordings from the police scanner here.
On Tuesday, Montgomery County Police held a press conference about the shooting. Police Chief Marcus Jones said that the body cam footage will be released after all relevant parties have seen the footage. Jones noted that body worn cameras are a useful tool but do not replace the human eye of an officer.
A negotiator was called to the scene but arrived shortly after LeRoux was shot. Jones stated that LeRoux had a loaded glock in the vehicle. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. This is a criminal investigation, as are all officer involved shootings.
Ryan LeRoux grew up in Calvert County and graduated from high school in Anne Arundel County, according to the Washington Post.