CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD. — The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Investigation Response Team (SIRT) is investigating a fatal police-involved shooting in Capitol Heights, report police, when a man being pursued by police pulled a gun.
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.
Police say that the preliminary investigation reveals as the male and female officer approached the suspect, the male officer noticed the suspect reaching for a hand gun 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.