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Montgomery County Deputy Shoots, Kills Man Allegedly Attacking Him

Montgomery County Deputy Shoots, Kills Man Allegedly Attacking Him with Club


GRAPHIC WARNING: This story and the video attached discuss/show the moments before a man was fatally shot by an officer.

MCP Investigating Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Deputy-Involved Shooting
For Immediate Release: Sunday, February 7, 2021

Detectives from the Montgomery County Department of Police – Major Crimes Division are investigating a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office fatal deputy-involved shooting that occurred yesterday in the area of MD-108 (Olney Laytonsville Road) and Fieldcrest Road.

At approximately 8:01 yesterday morning, Saturday, February 6, the Emergency Communications Center received numerous calls for the report of multiple collisions in the 6000 block of MD-108 (between Riggs Road and Fieldcrest Road). Callers to 911 reported that the driver of a Volkswagen sedan struck multiple vehicles and was driving and acting erratically.

The preliminary investigation has revealed that a Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy was driving in the area at the time of the call and was the first law enforcement officer to arrive at the scene. The deputy encountered the driver of the Volkswagen in the area of MD-108 and Fieldcrest Road. During this encounter, the driver of the Volkswagen struck the deputy with a long piece of wood in the area of the head and neck. The deputy shot the male.

During the interaction, the deputy radioed for assistance. Additional officers and Fire & Rescue personnel, already en route to the call, arrived and assisted in attempting life-saving measures. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The man is being identified as Kevin Costlow, age 52, of Laytonsville.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Following an established procedure, once Major Crimes detectives complete their investigation of the deputy-involved shooting, the findings will be submitted to the Howard County’s State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information who has not already spoken to investigators is asked to contact the Montgomery County Police – Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070. Callers may remain anonymous.

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