Gunfire Erupts In Frederick After Kris Kringle Parade

Two people exchanged gunfire, Frederick Police Officer shoots at one suspect

Frederick, Md. (DG) – Shortly after the Kris Kringle parade ended on Friday night in Frederick, gunfire erupted in the downtown area.

According to the Frederick Police website, at 8:20 PM police responded to a call about two individuals in a confrontation that escalated into gunfire on South Market Street near West All Saints Street.

When a Frederick Police Officer arrived, he saw one of the suspects reported to be involved in the fight fleeing from the scene. The officer fired his gun at one of the suspects. One suspect discarded his firearm and raised his hands in the air. He was taken into custody without incident.

No one was injured. The other suspect involved is still at large. Police believe this is an isolated, and there is no threat to the community.

“The Frederick Police Department is committed to ensuring the general public feels safe at all times,” said Chief of Police Jason Lando. “We realize tonight’s incident in our downtown corridor shortly after the Kris Kringle parade was concerning to residents. Thankfully, no one was injured as a result. Further, we can confirm that there is no current threat to the general public, and our officers and detectives are doing everything in their power to apprehend the other individual involved in this incident.”

Frederick Police will handle the criminal investigation, and Montgomery County Police will conduct an internal investigation into the police officers use of force.

“Any time an officer discharges their firearm, we have an obligation to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation,” said Chief Lando. “We appreciate the Montgomery County Police Department for agreeing to conduct the internal investigation and will cooperate with them throughout the process. Additional details surrounding the incident will be released at the conclusion of their investigation.”

Police are asking anyone with information on this incident to call 301-600-2102.