|Police Officer Adrian Morris|
On August 20 at 11:50am, Prince George’s County police officers assigned to the District 6 (Laurel/Beltsville) station were dispatched to the Shell gas station at 6600 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel for an attempted theft from an automobile that had just occurred. Two suspects in a gray Acura with a temporary license plate unsuccessfully tried to open the car doors of a customer’s car before fleeing from the gas station.
The police officers, riding together as a two-person patrol car, caught up with the suspect vehicle on I-95 southbound and communicated their observations to the dispatcher. The police car left the roadway during this apparent pursuit and crashed into a nearby ditch.
Police Officer Adrian Morris, a two and one-half year veteran, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. The passenger police officer, on the agency for one year, was released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries.
Police Officer Morris, 23 years-old, joined the PGPD after volunteering as a police explorer for five years. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica, raised in Laurel, and became a U.S. citizen in 2009. Police Officer Morris graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in 2007. He continued his association with the police explorers as an advisor and mentor after joining the police department. Police Officer Morris resided in Laurel.
“Police Officer Morris represented the very best that our agency has to offer,” said Chief of Police Mark Magaw. “He wanted to be a Prince George’s County police officer from a very young age, and it showed in all of his interactions with the community.”
A Crime Solvers, Inc. reward of up to $25,000 has been authorized for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the motorist who contributed to the death of Police Officer Morris.