Officer shoots, kills son as son fatally stabs own mother

Officer shooting

An off-duty Montgomery County police officer shot and killed his son as the son fatally stabbed his own mother inside their Gaithersburg home, police said.

It happened around 8 p.m. Wednesday in the family’s home in the 7400 block of Lake Katrine Terrace.

Authorities said the 25-year-old son got into an argument with his mother, pulled out a knife and stabbed her. As the son attacked his 53-year-old mother on a second floor bedroom, the veteran office shot and killed his son with a handgun, police said. He then called 911.

The mother was taken to a hospital where she died. Police Sgt. James Stirkens did not suffer any injuries.

Stirkens, 57, a patrol officer in the Silver Spring district, has been placed on routine administrative leave.

The wife was Denise Stirkens, 53, and the son was identified as Christoopher Stirkens.

A neighbor told a WNEW reporter that the family includes the husband, wife and two girls and a boy.

“These are the nicest people you’d ever want to meet. They’re very talkative, very supportive of this neighborhood,” Billy Waclchalk told the CBS news station. “We’re devastated by it.”

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives in the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

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