Sunday, April 17, 2011

PGPD Investigates Police Involved Shooting in Upper Marlboro

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Investigative Response Team (SIRT) is investigating a police involved shooting that occurred in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

On April 16, 2011, at approximately 2:41 p.m., patrol officers responded to the 900 block of Andean Goose Way in Upper Marlboro, for a call of an unknown trouble. The suspect’s mother advised the officers that the suspect was exhibiting erratic behavior by firing his shotgun throughout the home. She also stated that the suspect has a history of mental illness. Officers made a determination that the suspect needed to be transported to the hospital for a psychological evaluation. The suspect then became agitated and fled on foot to avoid being transported. Officers chased the suspect to the 13700 block of Hotomtot Drive, where they attempted to detain him by deploying less than lethal methods; all of which were unsuccessful. The suspect approached one of the officers in an aggressive manner and began to hit her in the face, head and neck with his closed fist. The suspect also tried to disarm the officer of her issued service weapon.

Fearing for the officer’s life, Police Officer Harry Bond discharged his issued service weapon striking the suspect, 20 year-old Charles Odell Smith of the 900 block of Andean Goose Way. Smith was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

During this incident, both officers sustained injuries and were transported to a local hospital where they were treated and released.

Police Officer Harry Bond, a 16 month veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department, has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy.

For more information contact the Press Information Office at (301) 772-4710.

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