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Montgomery County police officer dies driving daughter to school

The Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland is mourning the loss of one of its officers in an off-duty accident Friday morning.

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones discusses the loss of one of the department’s officers. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

The Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland is mourning the loss of one of its officers in an off-duty accident Friday morning.

Police say Douglas Haggerty, 36, was driving his 9-year-old daughter to school when they were involved in a single-car crash.



Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said they believe Haggerty had an “incapacitating medical event” while driving, which caused his car to leave Spencerville Road near Good Hope Road and s is reversed.

The police department said Haggerty’s daughter was able to get out of the car and call 911. First responders took lifesaving action, but Haggerty later died in hospital.

Haggerty’s daughter was treated for minor injuries and released from hospital.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but Jones said the crash itself was not to blame.

“We don’t believe the injuries resulting from the car accident were the cause of his death,” Jones said.

Douglas Haggerty (Courtesy of Montgomery County Police)

The accident is also under investigation, as leaders such as Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich remembered Haggerty’s life and service.

“We are very saddened by this tragic accident which claimed the life of this beloved man,” Elrich said.

Jones said his department is supporting Haggerty’s family as best they can as the department also mourns the loss.

“Our police department is in mourning because we have lost a great friend, a dedicated officer, a fabulous servant to this community,” Jones said.

Jones, who had known Haggerty since he was commander of the Third District Police Station, remembered him as a valued member of the department, known for mentoring other officers. Jones said the 12-year-old force veteran took great pride in his pace and had “an innate ability” to make victims feel comfortable and at ease.

Jones said Haggerty had just moved from the county’s Third District Station in the Silver Spring area to the First District Station serving the Rockville area.

The department will help Haggerty’s family plan services for him.

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