A suspect decided to open fire on four Maryland officers, but needless to say, he lost the gunfight and also his life…
The Maryland Attorney General’s Office released the bodycam video of an officer-involved shooting last month that had left a Silver Spring man deceased.
The incident began at about 4:25 a.m. on December 29, 2021 when an off-duty Montgomery County law enforcement was alerted to a shooting in the 900 block of Bonifant Street, according to WTOP.
The off-duty officer immediately relayed the information to a dispatcher and officers that were on-duty responded to the scene.
About four minutes later, there was an on-duty officer who was conducting a separate traffic stop who saw the suspect vehicle go past him, according to the department.
Montgomery County Police Officer Nathan Lenhart is an eight-year veteran of that police force, and he immediately jumped back into his police cruiser and conducted a traffic stop on the white Mercedes, stopping it near the intersection of Waye and Dartmouth Avenue, according to the dashcam and body video.
Officer Lenhart stayed inside his vehicle until backup arrived and the video shows him using the public address system so that he could order the driver to turn off his car.
The officer ordered the driver on three separate occasions to put his hands outside the window. The passenger stuck his hands outside the window as well.
The officer told the driver to reach outside his window and open the car door from the exterior, according to the video.
Unfortunately, when the driver began to comply with that order, that is when the passenger door suddenly flew open.
“Ah! Stay in the car!” the officer yelled.
However, the passenger failed to comply, instead of jumping out of the car with a gun in his hand and opening fire. He was later identified as 27-year-old Osman Sesay.
All four of the Montgomery County police officers on the scene returned fire.
Police reported that Sesay had been killed in the exchange of gunfire, according to WTOP.
The video shows officers immediately recovering Sesay’s handgun on the ground in front of the Mercedes, not far from where he had fallen on the sidewalk after the officers shot him.
Police have identified Montgomery County Police Officers Lenhart, Karli Dorsey, Eric Kessler and Dennis Tejada as the law enforcement officers who fired their weapons at Sesay, according to WMAR.
Administrators have placed all four of these police officers on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, and this is standard protocol for all officer-involved shootings.
The Maryland Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General is leading this investigation of the officer-involved shooting, according to WTTG.
Opening fire on four Maryland officers and losing your life? Well, if you play stupid games, you win stupid prizes.