Eight Prince George’s County Police officers have now been released from discretionary suspension as our Internal Affairs Division continues its investigation into a weapon discharge at a holiday gathering of off-duty PGPD officers that left two of those officers injured last weekend.
On the evening of December 15th, several off-duty PGPD officers were at a home in Brandywine for a holiday party. Preliminarily, sometime around 9:43pm , one of the officers was handling a privately-owned weapon when it discharged. That officer suffered a gunshot wound to his hand. Another officer who was in the same room, received a minor graze wound to his leg as a result of ricochet from the single shot. The Special Investigation Response Team of our Internal Affairs Division is still conducting interviews as the process continues to move forward, however, at this point in the investigation, it appears that the gun was fired one time by accident with no ill intent.
Chief Hank Stawinski said, “I am committed to transparency and accountability. As a result, I am informing our community of what we know at this point in the investigation. I expect the women and men of this institution to serve as examples to others. I was relieved when it was confirmed that neither of the officer’s injuries was serious, but I was and remain disappointed in the jackassery that led to this incident which has negatively impacted the injured and involved officers, their families, and our community.”
Three officers remain on suspension while the investigation continues. Two of them are assigned to the Emergency Services Team of our Special Operations Division. The third officer is assigned to our Bureau of Investigation.