Statement from Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich on the Fatal Shooting of Ryan Leroux

by Patrick Herron
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For Immediate Release: Monday 19 July

The interaction between Montgomery County police officers and a young man, Ryan Leroux, on July 16, ended tragically. No interaction between the police and individuals should end this way. I have called for a full investigation of this matter so we can understand what happened Friday night, why it happened, as well as ways we can minimize interactions like this ending in fatality.

To further ensure that the process is equitable, we will be utilizing our ongoing arrangement with the Howard County State’s Attorney to investigate all Montgomery County police-involved shootings. This is a serious situation that will require thorough review of evidence; and I ask for your patience as the Howard County State’s Attorney works in concert with our police department to do their due diligence as they collect facts in this case. This investigation will focus on ensuring that all parties involved in this incident receive equal justice.

There is no doubt that our police officers can encounter danger at any time, and this incident demonstrates how quickly situations can escalate. I want the residents of Montgomery County, as well as Mr. Leroux’s family, to know that this investigation will be transparent. The findings from this investigation will be utilized toward our efforts to reimagine public safety and address similar situations so they don’t end so tragically.

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