Sunday, April 6, 2014

Officers Uninjured After Fatal Police-Involved Shooting

Updated April 6, 2014:  The involved officer is identified as Police Officer Brian Newcomer. The nine-year law enforcement veteran is assigned to the Bureau of Patrol - District III.  He is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.  Thankfully, PO Newcomer was not injured during the encounter with the armed suspect.

Updated April 5, 2014: The deceased suspect is identified as 24-year-old Robert Antonio Jones, of the 2700 block of Lorring Drive in Forestville. 

The Prince George's County Police Department's Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting in Capitol Heights.

Two PGPD officers encountered an armed suspect just before 4:00 this morning on Marlboro Pike at Lee Jay Drive. After the officers and witnesses heard a shot fired in the area, the officers responded and saw a man who was leaving the area on foot, grabbing his side.  The preliminary investigation reveals as the male and female officer approached the suspect, the male officer noticed the suspect reaching for a handgun in his waistband. The male officer discharged his service weapon multiple times, striking the suspect. 
The suspect was pronounced dead at Prince George's Hospital Center. 

The suspect's gun was recovered at the scene. The officer who fired his service weapon is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The male officer was working robbery suppression along Marlboro Pike and the female officer was on patrol nearby when they heard the shot fired.  Thankfully, neither officer was injured.

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