Thomas Bomba, 38, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Died of a Self-Inflicted Gunshot wound
Officials have determined that Montgomery County police officer Thomas Bomba committed suicide. His body was discovered shot in a parking garage located on Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street in Silver Spring on Monday morning.
He was a 13-year veteran of the force, leaving behind his wife and two children. Known for his quick wit and outsized sense of humor.
Early Life and Education
Thomas Bomba, of Gaithersburg, was a 13-year veteran of the police force. He left behind his wife Angela Tripp Bomba and two boys as well as parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, lifelong friends and numerous “brothers and sisters in blue”.
On Monday morning while patrolling downtown Silver Spring, he reported finding “disorderly objects” on the top level of a parking garage at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. When officers arrived they saw him suffering gunshot wounds; unfortunately he succumbed later at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
On Saturday at Covenant Life Church on Muncaster Mill Road in Gaithersburg, there will be an open memorial service in honor of Officer Bomba. Donations can also be sent directly to Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officer Relief Fund with his name clearly noted as being honored in the memo line.
Thomas Bomba was a 13-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department who lived in Gaithersburg. On Monday morning he was found shot to death on top level of a parking garage in downtown Silver Spring; acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones believes this to have been self-inflicted.
According to those who knew him, he was an enthusiastic officer who enjoyed his work without ever considering another path in life. They recall him as having an extravagant sense of humor with deep affection for his community.
He was well known in downtown Silver Spring for greeting street musicians and greeting staff members at Chick-fil-A, as well as being involved with filing a lawsuit against Montgomery County regarding his pay after contracting flesh-eating bacteria during training.
Achievement and Honors
Over his professional life, Bomba was honored with several prestigious awards and honors, such as the 2006 Air Force McLucas Basic Research Award, 2002 Institute of Navigation Early Achievement Award and 1994 International Test and Evaluation Association Time-Space Position Instrumentation Data Collection and Electro-Optic Test and Evaluation Award.
At a memorial service held in Gaithersburg, those who knew him both professionally and from childhood came together to remember his devotion and humor as public servant. Acting Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones asked that everyone continue keeping his family in their thoughts and prayers.
Eli Kinser met Bomba during training and spoke of how much dedication and compassion he showed towards both his job and community. Kinser also highlighted Bomba’s strength despite having survived an intense strep infection which almost took his life in 2009.
Bomba was 38 years old and left behind two children as well as his parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, lifelong friends and his colleagues from 13 years with Montgomery County Police Department.
On Monday, Sergeant Bomba was shot while patrolling the top level of a Silver Spring parking garage and taken to a hospital where he died shortly thereafter. Acting Chief Marcus Jones stated no other weapons were discovered on Bomba and does not anticipate any potential danger to the public.
On Saturday morning, hundreds of emergency responders from Montgomery County filled Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg for an emotional memorial service in honor of fallen officer Daniel Duggan, featuring multiple eulogies and slide presentations that paid their respects. Attendees remembered him fondly as an individual who dedicated himself while keeping a sense of humor.
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