Friday, May 30, 2014

PGPD Investigates Police-Involved Shooting in Suitland

Updated May 31, 2014:  The involved officers are identified as twelve-year veteran Corporal Vincent Tabbs, and four-year veteran Police Officer Andrew Nacin.  Both officers are assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – District IV.  They remain on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Updated May 30, 2014: The deceased suspect is identified as 20-year-old Mark Anthony Blocker of the 3300 block of Curtis Drive in Suitland.

The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting in Suitland. The Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) is leading the investigation.

On May 30, 2014, at approximately 2:15 am, patrol officers were called to the 3300 block of Curtis Drive for the report of two men arguing. A 911 caller reported seeing one of those men holding a long gun. 

After arriving on the scene, two patrol officers cautiously approached the two men and used the corner of an apartment building as cover. The officers saw that one of the men was carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle. The officers ordered the armed man to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. Both officers, in fear for their lives, were forced to discharge their weapons, striking the armed suspect. The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The weapons in the above photographs were recovered from the scene. The rifle was recovered from the deceased suspect. The handgun was recovered from the second male. He was not hurt. It has since been determined that both weapons are pellet guns. Pellet guns such as the ones recovered today in Suitland are often manufactured to look as realistic as possible.

Both officers are on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Neither officer was injured.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Investigative Response Team at 301-856-2660. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and sumbit a tip online.

For more information, please contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710.


Anonymous said...

Any ID on the officers yet? We're trying to "Run it like a newsroom." tks

Prince George's County Police said...

@ Anonymous, we'll be identifying the officers later today.

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