PG officer, suspect, shot and wounded
An off-duty police officer was shot in the leg and a suspect was shot in the hand in a struggle for the officer's gun after an attempted robbery outside a bank in Prince George's County on Monday, authorities said.
The officer and suspect are expected to be fine, police said. The injured suspect and a second man are in custody. Police are searching for a third suspect who fled.
The incident occurred just after 10 a.m. outside the BB&T Bank at Old Chapel Road and Laurel Bowie Road.
It started when a suspect apparently tried to rob a man who was bringing money to the bank from a nearby Exxon gas station, police said. The off duty Prince George's County police officer spotted the pair struggling.
The suspect ran and jumped into a vehicle, said police spokeswoman Lt. Tammy Sparkman. The off-duty officer blocked that vehicle with his own, and the suspect jumped out and took off running again. At the same time, a Bowie State University police officer pulled up and took the driver of the vehicle into custody.
That was only just beginning, though. The Prince George's officer caught up to the suspect, and soon both were grappling for the officer's gun, police said. The officer's gun discharged -- it is unclear how many times -- grazing his own leg and hitting the suspect in the hand.
The injured suspect then tried to jump into another vehicle that pulled onto the scene -- a Green Mazda -- but he could not hang on, Sparkman said. The Mazda left without him, and he was taken into custody. The driver of the Mazda remains at large.
(This post has been updated.)
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June 14, 2010; 2:05 PM ET
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