The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting in Landover on Thursday night. The deceased suspect is 40-year-old Gregory Campfield Jr. of the 7800 block of Sheriff Road in Landover.
On August 9th, at approximately 9:15 pm, members of the Narcotics Enforcement Division and Emergency Services Team were conducting a joint operation in the 7000 block of Sheriff Road. A member of the community had provided information about a suspect who was selling drugs and often carried a handgun. The preliminary investigation reveals the officers observed a man matching the suspect’s description and attempted to approach him. The officers gave verbal commands for the man to stop and show his hands. Instead, the suspect, Campfield, began to run away. Two officers chased after him on foot. One of the officers caught up to Campfield and took him to the ground. The officer observed that the suspect had a weapon and yelled to fellow officers that the suspect was armed with a handgun. A second officer on the scene witnessed the struggle and observed the suspect holding the gun. At that time, the officer struggling with the suspect discharged his duty weapon, striking the suspect. That officer then immediately began providing medical aid to the suspect until an ambulance arrived. Campfield died several hours later at a hospital. The suspect’s gun was recovered on the scene.
The involved officer is Corporal Jeffrey Benson of the Special Operations Division’s Emergency Services Team. He joined the PGPD in 2006. The involved officer is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office reviews all officer-involved shootings.
If anyone has information in this investigation, they are asked to please call detectives at 301-856-2660. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)