Montgomery County officer shot in Prince George’s County

UPDATED: Montgomery County officer shot in Prince George’s; homicide suspect dead

Police say officers were trying to arrest someone wanted in Florida killing

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This story was updated at 6:09 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2020, to include additional details from Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones and at 12:08 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020, with an update on the officer’s condition.

A Montgomery County police officer was shot and injured in Prince George’s County on Tuesday by someone wanted in connection with a homicide in Florida, authorities said.

The suspect is dead, police said.

Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones said during a media briefing Tuesday that officers on a U.S. Marshals Service task force learned that someone was in Maryland who was wanted in connection with a homicide Monday night in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jones said that when officers tried to arrest the suspect, he started shooting at them.

“Our officers returned fire, at which point in time a chase ensued with a gun battle,” he said.

Jones said the suspect was shot during the gun battle and died of his injuries at the scene.

Jones said the male officer who was shot was taken to a local hospital.

Police wrote in another Twitter post on Tuesday night that the officer who was shot is out of surgery and is in stable condition. They did not identify the officer.

Jones did not elaborate on the severity of the injury, but said it was a gunshot wound on the upper part of the body.

He said he planned to visit the hospital to check on the officer’s condition.

“I’m on edge because I want to make sure he’s OK,” Jones said.

Jones did not provide any additional details on Tuesday. He said the suspect who died won’t be publicly identified until his family is notified.

Sgt. Rebecca Innocenti, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman, declined to name the officer during an interview Wednesday morning, saying that the department generally waits 24 hours, so the officer can contact family members 

“We will release his name. I just haven’t been briefed this morning about when we might do that,” she said. 

When asked about the identity of the suspect who was killed, Innocenti referred questions to Prince George’s County police. 

Innocenti said Prince George’s County authorities are conducting the criminal investigation into the shooting, and it will be handled by the state’s attorney’s office there. 

Innocenti said that once Prince George’s investigation is complete, Montgomery County will conduct an internal review of the officer’s conduct, which is standard procedure any time an officer shoots someone. 

Normally, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office investigates shootings in which Montgomery County officers are involved. But because this shooting happened in Prince George’s County, Howard County won’t be investigating this time, wrote Yolanda Vasquez in an email, a spokeswoman for the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office. 

As of Wednesday morning, the officer was in stable condition, but hadn’t been released from the hospital, Innocenti said.

Prince George’s County Police Interim Chief Hector Velez said the shooting happened in the 9500 block of Muirkirk Road, which is in the South Laurel area near the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com

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