Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder of Officers After Non-Contact Officer-Involved Shooting

Anthony Skinner

The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating a non-contact officer-involved shooting in Capitol Heights. The Special Investigative Response Team (SIRT) is handling the investigation.
The suspect is charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault on two of our officers. The suspect is 33-year-old Anthony Ernest Skinner of the 700 block of Barnes Street in Northeast Washington.

The preliminary investigation reveals on March 30, 2015, at about 10:45 pm, the officers attempted a traffic stop on a car in the 5900 block of Seat Pleasant Drive. As the officers approached the car, the driver, later identified as Anthony Skinner, sped off. A short time later, the officers located the car in a cul-de-sac in the 7000 block of 71st Court. The uniformed officers approached on foot and ordered Skinner to shut off his car. Skinner did not comply with their orders and accelerated toward the officers. One of the officers discharged his firearm, striking the car. The suspect was not struck. He then sped off.

A countywide lookout for the suspect was broadcast. Officers located Skinner a short time later in the 5500 block of Winston Street in Marlowe Heights. As officers again tried to stop the suspect’s car, he clipped a cruiser and ultimately struck a tree. He was taken into custody. Skinner was treated for minor injuries and released. There were no injuries to our officers at either location.

Skinner faces two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault. He has admitted his involvement.

The officer involved is a three-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. He is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

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