Montgomery County officials continue investigating deadly officer-involved shooting at McDonald's

Police are continuing to investigate a shooting at a Montgomery County McDonald's that happened over the weekend. 


Around 9:15 p.m. on Friday, July 16, Montgomery County Police were called to a McDonald's at 18273 Flower Hill Way in Gaithersburg for reports of a trespasser. 

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The caller told police that a customer had ordered food and was refusing to pay or move his vehicle from the drive-through lane. An officer responded to the scene and approached a white Honda CRV parked in the drive-through lane with a 21-year-old male driver. 

The officer immediately saw a gun on the front passenger seat and called for backup. Additional officers arrived, secured the area and evacuated McDonald’s staff. 

During the armed standoff, the officers tried to negotiate with the driver for approximately 30 minutes. At some point, officers fired their weapons and the driver was shot. He has been identified as Ryan Leroux of Gaithersburg. 

Police say he didn’t shoot at officers, but after the shooting, they found his gun in his lap. 

FOX 5 spoke to a woman at the press conference who says she’s a friend Leroux and he used to date her sister.

She says they broke up about a month ago and "his mind wasn’t really right because of it."

Officials do say they recovered alcohol from the vehicle. 

Several officers on scene began to render aid to the driver until Montgomery County Fire and Rescue arrived on scene. 

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The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The incident is being investigated by detectives from the Major Crimes Division and the Howard County State's Attorney's Office. 

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation per protocol.