An initial police press release claims "firearms offenses" were involved, but now the authorities are being mum. According to Rene Sandler, a former prosecutor who is representing the Lemp family, Montgomery County police fired into the bedroom where Lemp and his pregnant girlfriend were sleeping without warning. The gunfire was followed by two flash-bang grenades.
According to a new release from the Montgomery County Police Department, “At approximately 4:30 am on March 12, members of the Special Operations Division – Tactical Unit were in the process of serving a high-risk search warrant related to firearms offenses at an address in the 12200 block of St. James Road in Potomac. During the warrant service, the suspect confronted the officers and was fatally shot by an officer assigned to the Tactical Unit.”
“Lemp was prohibited from possessing firearms and detectives were following up on a complaint from the public that Lemp, though prohibited, was in possession of firearms,” the statement added.
“We are undertaking a very intense investigation to determine whether or not there are any claims available to the family due to the intrusion and killing of their loved one in his home. The family was sleeping at the time of the intrusion, and quite vulnerable,” said Rene Sandler, an attorney representing the family.
Lawyers for the family of a young Maryland man killed during an early morning police raid say officers opened fire on him while he was sleeping.https://t.co/scFmK2vG9v— reason (@reason) March 17, 2020
Duncan Socrates Lemp was killed yesterday by Montgomery County police. Law enforcement must be transparent and release all body camera footage.— ACLU of Maryland (@ACLU_MD) March 13, 2020
Marylanders deserve police transparency. https://t.co/4FT0jAaGrd