On the evening of July 3, 2023, officers in Gaithersburg, Maryland, were called to the 7900 block of Spiceberry Circle to investigate a report of a man spraying a fire extinguisher in the hallway. When they arrived on the scene, they encountered a burglary suspect who allegedly attacked them, leaving two officers seriously injured.
According to NBC Washington, the suspect, 28-year-old Anthony Johnson, allegedly attacked the officers with a metal pipe and a fire extinguisher. The officers were taken to a local hospital with serious injuries but are expected to recover.
After a brief struggle, Johnson was taken into custody and charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, and burglary. He is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Detention Center.
The incident has raised concerns about the dangers that law enforcement officers face daily. Police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect their communities, and incidents like this remind them of the risks they face.
In a statement, Gaithersburg Police Chief Marcus Jones said, “Our officers put themselves in harm’s way every day to protect our community. We are grateful for their service and wish them a speedy recovery.”
The incident is still under investigation, and anyone with information is urged to contact the Gaithersburg Police Department.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of supporting law enforcement officers and recognizing the risks they face in the line of duty. It is important to remember that police officers are human beings who deserve our respect and gratitude for their service and sacrifice.