4 County Officers Will Not Be Charged in Fatal Shooting in Silver Spring

No charges will be filed against four Montgomery County Police officers following the Dec. 29, 2021 fatal shooting of Osman Sesay, 27, of Silver Spring by police. Their actions were ruled “reasonable under the circumstances,” according to an investigation released by Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

The decision was made by Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office, which has a reciprocal agreement with Montgomery County to rule on police-involved shootings. The investigation was conducted by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General.

According to the the report, the investigators determined it would be difficult for the state to prove that the four officers did not act in self-defense or pursuant to law-enforcement justification. The report pointed out that Sesay refused to comply with police and that he aimed a firearm directly at them.

The report also noted that Sesay most likely did not fire his weapon as it was jammed.

Four officers fired their weapons at Sesay, who was struck and pronounced dead at the scene. The officers are Karli Dorsey, Eric Kessler, Nathan Lenhart and Dennis Tejada.

According to police, at 4:25 a.m. on Dec. 29, 2021, officers responded to a shooting in front of the restaurant Sweet, Sweet Kitchen. Police saw a car matching the description driving by Wayne and Dartmouth avenues.

The officers stopped the car. During the stop, Sesay got out of of the rear passenger side of the car and pointed a handgun at the officers, all of whom fired their guns, according to police. There is police body camera footage of the events, and officers can be heard telling the occupants of the car not to move or get out of the car.

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