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This has to be one of the most awful choices any man has to be forced to make. An off-duty Montgomery County police officer shot and killed his son, who was reportedly stabbing his mother, in their home in Gaithersburg. The mother died at the hospital several hours later.


A police spokesman said the sergeant, a 27-year veteran of the county’s police force, was off duty just before 8 p.m. Wednesday night when he observed his 25-year-old son stabbing his mother with a sharp object. The sergeant shot his son in an attempt to stop the attack, killing him.

The son was pronounced dead inside the family’s home on Lake Katrine Terrace in Gaithersburg. The couple’s two daughters were both away at college. The police sergeant was not hurt.