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This story was updated at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, 2013.

A Maryland man shot by a Montgomery County Police officer in a June traffic stop in Gaithersburg has been charged with assault, theft and weapons charges.

Juan L. Cazares-Roque, 26, of Mount Zion Road in Upperco, has been behind bars since June 25. That’s when police arrested him in connection with a domestic violence incident that happened in Howard County two days before.

A few hours after the domestic incident, Cazares-Roque was in Montgomery County, where a police officer shot him in the arm and leg during a traffic stop near Darnestown and Quince Orchard roads.

Police announced the charges on Thursday, following an investigation of more than a month.

At 10:08 p.m. June 23, Montgomery County police learned from Howard County Police that Cazares-Roque had been involved in a domestic violence incident and might be at a house on Quince Orchard Road, according to Montgomery County Police Officer Rebecca Innocenti.

He had gone to the home of his ex-wife to see his kids and pick up some laundry, but became enraged and threatening, according to charging documents. After briefly leaving the house, he returned and shot a round from a Remington 11-87 shotgun into the front door of the house, according to charging documents.

Then, he fled in his ex-wife’s green 2002 Ford Explorer. She did not consent to his using the vehicle, the documents said.

Montgomery County Police went to the house where he was thought to be in Gaithersburg and saw Cazares-Roque leave the house in a green Ford Explorer at 11:23 p.m.. They stopped the SUV at Darnestown and Quince Orchard roads six minutes later.

During the stop, Montgomery County Police Officer David Delacruz and Officer Dominic Raysick approached the Explorer and Delacruz saw Cazares-Roque reach for a shotgun in the front passenger area of the vehicle, according to charging documents.

Delacruz fired his rifle, striking Cazares-Roque in the arm and leg, police said.

Cazares-Roque drove away, toward Quince Orchard Road, crashing into another car which was waiting at a stoplight at Quince Orchard Road and Great Seneca Highway, Innocenti said.

The driver of that car, a woman, was not injured, Innocenti said.

Cazares-Roque was taken to a local hospital.

The shotgun recovered from the Explorer belonged to Cazares-Roque’s landlord, who said he had not seen it for a year, Ruble wrote in charging documents.

On June 25, after his release from the hospital, Cazares-Roque was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, theft and possession of an exposed shotgun in a motor vehicle, ready for use.

He was being held on $100,000 bail at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

Cazares-Roque is currently awaiting a scheduled Aug. 16 court date. Alan Drew, his public defender, declined to comment on the specifics of the case when contacted by The Gazette.

Delacruz, a 19-year veteran of the department, was placed on paid administrative leave, police said. He was still on leave as of Friday, police said.



sjbsmith@gazette.net