Police Arrest Teen Wanted for Allegedly Shooting Paint Branch High School Student

16-year-old charged as adult with assault and robbery


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Montgomery County police on Monday found and arrested a 16-year-old boy who was wanted for allegedly shooting a Paint Branch High School student last month, according to police.

Damien Jared Fox Jr was arrested at a family member’s house in the 4200 block of Tazewell Terrace in Burtonsville, police said in a press release Monday. He was charged as an adult with first-degree assault, attempted armed robbery and use of a handgun during a crime of violence in connection with the shooting of a 17-year-old boy near the Burtonsville high school on Feb. 26.

The boy who was shot survived, but suffered injuries when the bullet grazed his cheek and ear. Police do not typically release names of crime victims.

Police announced last week that detectives were searching for Fox, whom they believed carried out the shooting. His address is unconfirmed, and he does not attend Paint Branch or another Montgomery County public school.

The shooting occurred before 9 a.m. that day, after the Paint Branch student had walked away from school to meet with a few of his friends outside a house a few blocks away. There, Fox, whom he knew, allegedly tried to steal his phone and then shot the student as he walked away.

The injured 17-year-old walked with friends to the nearby Burtonsville Volunteer Fire Station and received medical attention there. Fox had left the house before police arrived.

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