State Attorney General’s Office Identifies Man Killed in Police Shooting; Says Body Cam was Active

The person fatally shot in a police-involved shooting in Silver Spring Dec. 29 has been identified as Osman Sesay, 27 of Silver Spring.

According to the Independent Investigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General, which is in charge of investigating this incident, Sesay’s handgun was recovered at the scene and the police body cam was active during the incident.

On Dec. 29 at 4:25 a.m., an off-duty Montgomery County police officer was alerted to a shooting in the 900 block of Bonifant Street in Silver Spring, according to the attorney general’s office. The victim was wounded.

That officer relayed a secondhand description of the suspect’s car to on-duty officers who were responding to the scene.

Four minutes later, those officers noticed a car by Wayne and Dartmouth avenues that matched the description. They made a traffic stop. “Sesay got out of the car contrary to officers’ orders and pointed a gun at them. Four officers fired at him,” according to a news release on the investigation.

Sesay was pronounced dead at the scene. None of the officers were injured.

Those officers were all assigned to the Montgomery County Police Patrol Services Bureau. They are Officer Nathan Lenhart, an 8-year veteran; Officer Karli Dorsey, a 1.5-year veteran; Officer Dennis Tejada, a 15-year veteran; and Officer Eric Kessler, a 7-year veteran.

Their body-worn cameras were on during the incident. The Independent Investigations Division noted that it normally releases body camera or dashboard camera footage within 14 days.

However, sometimes it takes longer if more time is needed to complete witness interviews; if there are technical delays caused if the identities of any civilian witnesses need to be shielded; or to allow family members to view the video before it is released to the public.

MCP is investigating the original shooting on Bonifant Street as it was not officer-involved.

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