The Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division is investigating the death of Montgomery County Police Officer Thomas J. Bomba that occurred Monday morning in Silver Spring.
At approximately 8:49 a.m., Monday, Oct. 14, Officer Thomas J. Bomba of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 3rd District was on routine patrol when he radioed to the dispatcher that he had been flagged down by someone regarding disorderly subjects in the public parking garage located on the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in downtown Silver Spring.
There was no additional communication from Officer Bomba.
Additional officers responded to the area to assist him with the call.
The first assisting officer located Officer Bomba on the top level of the garage suffering from a gunshot wound and immediately radioed for additional support to include Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Services. Officers attempted lifesaving measures on the scene and Officer Bomba was subsequently transported to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C., where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Thomas Bomba, age 38, of Gaithersburg, was a 13-year veteran of the Police Department. He was assigned to the Patrol Services Division in the 3rd District. He is survived by his wife and two children.
“This is a very sad day for Montgomery County. We have about 10,000 County employees and when they go to work each day, they expect to be going home that night. That expectation is not as simple for our public safety employees. Even on their most routine days, they work with risks that most others do not take. Today, a much-respected officer, Thomas J. Bomba, will not be going home at the end of his shift. He dedicated his life’s work to the residents of Montgomery County. He was a 13-year veteran of the department, who was a friend to the officers he served with and a stalwart protector of the community he policed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and the Montgomery County Police Department. Our County lost one of our own and I ask the people of Montgomery County to keep Officer Bomba’s family, his friends and fellow officers in your hearts during this very difficult time.”