Monday, August 8, 2016

Detectives Arrest Man in Non-Fatal Shooting at Laurel Home

David Bartholmew

The Prince George’s County Police Department has arrested a man in connection with yesterday’s non-fatal shooting at a Laurel home. The preliminary investigation reveals a homeowner shot a man who broke into his home. The homeowner is a Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Police Officer who was off duty at the time of the intrusion. The suspect is identified as 31-year-old David Bartholmew of the 8100 block of Gorman Avenue in Laurel.

On August 7th, 2016, at about 1:00 pm, patrol officers were called to the 8000 block of Briarcroft Lane for the report of a breaking and entering. Upon arriving to the area, officers found the suspect with a gunshot wound to his arm. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injury.

The preliminary investigation reveals the homeowner was alerted by a loud noise from the downstairs portion of his residence. At that time, the homeowner retrieved his duty weapon and found the suspect in his residence. He identified himself as a police officer. The suspect then advanced toward the homeowner with a knife in his hand. The homeowner, fearing for his safety, shot the suspect one time. A knife was recovered from the scene. The suspect fled from the residence and was arrested a short distance away by responding officers.

Preliminarily, there is no known connection between the homeowner and the suspect. The suspect remains hospitalized receiving treatment for his injuries. The suspect has been charged with home invasion, attempted first degree assault, malicious destruction of property and a weapons charge. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. 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 and submit a tip online.

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