DATE: December 7, 2021                   

CONTACT: Diane Richardson 
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658                                                           

On December 3 at 8:57 p.m., officers were notified that several men were showing off a handgun outside of a nearby business in the 3600 block of Leonardtown Road. A lookout was given and officers observed the men nearby. As officers approached, one male fled. He was quickly apprehended without further incident. Officers recovered a loaded Polymer 80 handgun – a firearm that does not have a serial number – along the path the suspect fled. Officers were able to confirm the suspect threw the firearm as he fled. A computer check revealed the suspect is prohibited from carrying a handgun due to a previous conviction of a violent crime. Ja’Shon Christopher McKay, 24, of La Plata, was charged with illegal possession of a regulated firearm due to a felony conviction, carrying a loaded handgun on person, and other related charges. McKay is currently being detained at the Charles County Detention Center; however, granted personal recognizance if he can secure electronic monitoring. The investigation is ongoing.

Ja’Shon Christopher McKay

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