ROCKVILLE – County police arrested three people in connection with a gun store burglary that occurred June 13. They also identified the suspect killed by an officer.
Montgomery County Police (MCP) arrested Brandon Allen Jackson, 17, charged as an adult; Terrence Massey Jr., 21; and a 15-year-old being charged as a juvenile on June 14. They revealed the names of only two of the suspects who were arrested because one of them is being charged as a juvenile.
All three live in Anne Arundel County, and the deceased suspect located by police lived in Anne Arundel as well. Police recovered 17 guns, with 10 firearms outstanding from the Rockville incident, as of the evening of June 14.
The name of the late suspect was Marquis Weems, age 17. He was shot by Officer John Gloss, a 20-year veteran assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau.
On June 13, officers from District 1 deployed to United Gun Shop on the 5400 block of Randolph Road in Rockville. They received a call at 2:35 a.m. that a burglary was occurring, MCP wrote in a news release. The incident involved a vehicle ramming into the storefront to enter it. Police arrived at 2:39 a.m. while the burglary was ongoing.
“With a call this major, it’s going to be a lot (of officers),” Montgomery County Police spokesperson Officer Rick Goodale said. “I mean, we don’t have an exact (number, but)… it’s going to be multiple officers.”
Police located another vehicle outside the store, which contained five suspects. The suspects, upon seeing an officer exit a police cruiser, rammed a vehicle into it, disabling the vehicle but leaving the officer uninjured. The officer’s weapon discharged during the interaction with the vehicle. The suspects drove away from the crime scene with some guns stolen from the store.
Police pursued the suspects’ vehicle on the road, but it quickly became disabled. Four suspects exited the vehicle and continued to travel on foot; police did not find them. However, they located Weems inside the vehicle; he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident was the first successful burglary attempt of Union Gun Shop in 2019 in which suspects stole guns and were not arrested, but it was not the only attempt.
Suspects attempted to burglarize the store on Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, but police arrived before they found a way into the store after a security service alerted law enforcement.
The store changed ownership since the attempted robberies in February. While the new owner did not want to comment or provide his name, he did confirm that the store was not closed for long after the robbery.
“We’re open for business but we’re not giving a comment on it,” the owner said June 19.
“We opened the next day,” he added.
Police arrested and charged a man on the Feb. 26 for attempted burglary. He was released after posting bond.
Goodale did not say whether the Feb. 26 attempt may be connected to the June 13 incident.
The Baltimore Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) assisted MCP in investigating the latest incident before the arrests were made, division spokesperson Amanda Hils said. It is a “joint investigation,” which MCP is leading. It will be the agency to provide information about the incident to the public. As of June 14, officials said they were still missing 10 firearms.
So far, authorities were able to confirm that the suspects are linked with another gun store burglary at Fox’s Firearms in Howard County. Stealing firearms from a licensed distributor is a federal crime, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Phone calls to United Gun Shop requesting comment were not returned before deadline.
The officer who shot one of the suspects was placed on paid leave according to department protocol.
“As a standard protocol, when an officer-involved shooting (occurs) they’re placed on paid administrative leave,” said Goodale on June 13. “That’s just standard procedure in any officer-involved shooting.”
The June incident was the second officer-involved shooting of 2019. The first officer-involved shooting of 2019 occurred after suspect Mikyas Mehary Tegegne, 31, attempted to rob a Silver Spring bank while armed on Jan. 16. Tegegne had entered the bank, brandished a gun and claimed he had a bomb in his backpack.
A panic button was pressed, and the suspect left the bank without money and had a confrontation with Officer Christopher LaPointe. LaPointe shot Tegegne, who died while being taken to a hospital.
MCP Detectives are still asking for the help of the public to identify any additional suspects involved in the burglaries. Crime Solvers will pay up to $10,000 for a tip that leads to an arrest or indictment of a suspect.