Two officers responded to a trespassing call at the bank at 11:54 Tuesday morning. The involved 3rd District officers are Officer Michael Damskey with less than one year of service with the department and Officer Marcus Lee with less than two years of service with the department. It has been confirmed that only one shot was fired and that it was fired by Officer Damskey.
The officers encountered an adult male suspect inside the bank acting erratically. The suspect was later identified as Donovan Bayton, age 54, from Silver Spring. Bayton failed to respond to officers’ instructions and displayed a knife which threatened the safety of bank employees, citizens within the bank and the officers. A shot was fired after the officers’ initial attempts to de-escalate the situation were unsuccessful.
The suspect was struck in the torso. He was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to the injuries that he received from the shooting. During the investigation two knives were recovered at the scene.
As is standard procedure, the two involved 3rd District officers are on paid administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.