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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Man shot by police has died

By Matt Zapotosky
Matt Zapotosky

The teenager shot by a Prince George's County police officer Thursday night has died, police and the young man's mother said Monday.

Cory D. Joyner, 18, who was staying in the Landover area, died in the hospital Saturday morning, said his mother, 37-year-old Renee Joyner. A Prince George's County police officer shot Cory Joyner, a robbery suspect, Thursday night after the teenager allegedly fired a handgun at him, police have said.

Renee Joyner said police told her that her son was shot five times, but a doctor told her the young man was shot seven times. She said he was hit in the back, arms and stomach.

Renee Joyner questioned the police account of what happened Thursday night, though she acknowledged she has no specific evidence to contradict it. She said her son was not a dangerous person, but a loving father who dropped out of Fairmont Heights High School to get a job at CVS and care for his one-year-old son.

"My son wasn't a bad person," she said. "He definitely wouldn't have shot at no police officer."

Police have said an officer stopped Joyner near Cedarwood Court in Landover and tried to pat him down because he matched the description of a robbery suspect When the officer felt what appeared to be a gun, a struggled ensued, police have said. Joyner ended up drawing the weapon and fired at least one shot, and the officer returned fire, striking Joyner several times, police have said.

The officer was not hurt.

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 13, 2010; 1:45 PM ET
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they're *never* bad people.. they *never* would do bad things.. sounds like a broken record. Maybe it's time for people raising criminals to face reality.

Posted by: pgcoresident | December 13, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Why was Renee's gentle, peace-loving, non-dangerous, little angel carrying heat.

Renee, I feel sorry for your loss. However, get realistic. The way you can turn this sad loss into something good is to talk to other mothers about letting their kids carry guns.

Posted by: wobbleman47 | December 13, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Target practice....

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 13, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

How does she know he wouldn't have fired on a police officer?
Why was he carrying a weapon at all, let alone one with the serial number removed?
Sorry for your loss Mrs. Joyner but, your was was not exactly being patted down for unpaid parking tickets or jaywalking.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 13, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

He couldn't complete that last year of high school (assuming that since he is 18, he acutally was attending the senior year)? No one told him that he could get a better job with a degree than without? Unfortunately, it sounds like he was sliding down a bad path.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | December 13, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for your loss Mrs. Joyner but, your was was not exactly being patted down for unpaid parking tickets or jaywalking.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 13, 2010 3:09 PM

Your was 'was'?

Please explain tthis concept of the english language to me gansta BD651?

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 13, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Average Joe Citizen here. I don't believe the police's account. I'm suppose to believe that during a pat down with multiple police officers, the deceased managed to reach in his pocket, draw and fire a weapon?

I 'm betting a couple of donuts that the weapon was planted after the fact as justification for the shooting in the back.

Posted by: rrevic | December 13, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I learned a long time ago to never say "not my child". It seems like on several occasions it was my child.

Posted by: mbrumble | December 13, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

To "rrevic" if you read the original story, it stated that the officer involved was alone when he encountered the miscreant.

Posted by: billbarry1 | December 13, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Crazy thing is if he did have a gun he probably at the must would've got probation or 18 months in jail. Now he leaves behind a young son who will never get to know who or what his father was. Only thing I questioned is, how does someone get shot 7 times before they hit the ground?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | December 13, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Isn't that just like a typical Mother, "my son was a loving person." Renee, I know that you are grieving but your son was a CRIMINAL!

There is no payday here, you should have raised him to keep his junk in his pants, or cover it up. Also, how could he possibly support himself and a child working at CVS.

Stop making excuses for your bad kid and your bad parenting skills. You have one less egg to fry.

Posted by: Special_One40 | December 13, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Sorry renee, when you commit a robbery and pull a gun on a cop its a good chance you are going to get shot full of holes. Heck PG will shoot you even if you dont have a gun. What do you expect from them when you do? Sorry for your loss but your boy wasnt that good a boy if he was robbing a business and pulled a gun on cops. But you people who want to blame the parent for being bad parents when a kid goes bad? Save it for Nancy Grace. I never hear people blaming the parents of bad ass white kids. Why is that? When a black kid is a criminal its his fault, his parents fault, the black community's fault, Obama's fault. When a white kid goes bad he is bi-polar and his parents divorced. Same racist double standard from white posters. If you are going to blame the bad ass black kids parents, community and race do the same for bad ass white kids.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 13, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

PG County cops travel in a pack of 6....I don't believe they would ever approach a robbery suspect alone--never--and especially one reported armed. They just don't operate that way.

Posted by: rrevic | December 13, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

You get the unvarnished truth from Moms re her son. Moms never knows what Junior is up to. Oh no. One day he is a cute bundle of joy & the next day he's shooting at cops.

What is it with these clueless teenage black boys that they just HAVE to get an equally clueless girl pregnant? What do they need a baby boy for? What is the rush?
Anyone hear of birth control?

Of course this dead boy's Moms had him when she was 18/19. What goes around comes around. She was a grandmother at 36. Ridiculous. No one gets married before having kids. That's old fashioned. Can't find a decent guy to marry. No other developed country in the western world is like the USA where that is concerned.

The endless cycle of people making stupid, impulsive actions that change their lives forevever for the bad. No one seems to get smarter. No one learns from bad mistakes. Same old same old. Til the end of time I guess.

How many young black men in PG County & the District are NOT carrying a gun I wonder. I'm not going to ask them to find out.

Cemeteries & funeral homes are full of wannabe tough guys & thugs. They usually don't get to celebrate their 30th birthday.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | December 13, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Joyner, when you ask for discernment in prayer, redouble your efforts and look for the red flags that you decided not to see! It was there all the time. Anyone carrying a gun has to be comfortable carrying a gun. I am sure this was not his first contact with the law or first time carrying a loaded weapon. Ms. Joyner, check his bedroom. I am sure you are going to find whatever you should have been looking for.

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | December 13, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Ms. Joyner..when you decide to sue PG County Police, the citizens of PG County should sue you for negligence and failure to raise your kid! Then, the victim of the alleged robbery should sue you, too!! As a tax payer, I should not have to pay for your child's error in judgment and death! The best deterent to crime is good parenting! He didn't wake up at 18 and start carrying concealed weapons...he is a product of YOUR environment in the home.

Posted by: whatsreallygoingon | December 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

When you have a baby, that baby is your priority numero uno whether you like it or not. Don't want a baby, use birth control. It's not like you live in the middle of the Amazon jungle with no CVS pharmacy for 15,000 miles.

Being a good mother/father means you can't be the carefree, party animal, drug addict/dealer, night owl, sleeping-with-half-the-men-in-the=hood that you used to be. YOU HAVE TO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER 100%.

Babies having babies.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | December 13, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Dont you just love a GOOD NEWS story from WashPost?

Perp drwas a gun on a L.E.O. & the L.E.O. saves the taxpayers of PG County from having to house the perp, feed him & pay for his court appointed lawyer.

Thanks to all the L.E.O.'s serving the community.

Now if we can get the crybaby mothers who claim "My baby would never do this & that" to just suck it up & move on, the community would be a much better place to live & raise law abiding citizens.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | December 13, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh I have great trust in PG police...about as much as South Carolina highmen setting up speed traps on Thanksgiving day.

Now, to present another side, how do we know that auto with the SN's ground off was actually the perp's and not a drop gun used by the police. How do we know the perp actually fired the gun? the return fire bullet holes were in the dead man's back.

We sure there isn't more to this story? have the dead perp's hands been checked for gunfire residue? The gun for fingerprints?

Posted by: wjc1va | December 13, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"My son wasn't a bad person," she said.

So what does a bad person look like?

Look in his casket to find out.

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 13, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for your loss Ms. Joyner however better your son, then my husband! And a message to anyone feeling brave enough to threaten the life of a police officer just remember, you’d better be prepared to meet your maker

Posted by: OhDarn | December 13, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Missing from this report but in the police press release:

"A loaded Taurus PT908 9mm handgun with an obliterated serial number was recovered from the suspect."

Posted by: dcrussell | December 13, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

ever hear of the police using a throw-down gun? Could be an explanation for an obliterated serial number.

Posted by: nuanced | December 13, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Lab tests on the victim's hand should be able to show if he fired a gun. The 7-11 video camera should show what happened later when the other officers encountered him at the 7-11 and took away his gun. Hopefully none of this evidence will disappear. Once we know all the facts then we can pontificate.

Posted by: nuanced | December 13, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Odd thing, or maybe not:

If you check Maryland's online court records and plug in the name of the deceased, it turns up this record:

Defendant Name: JOYNER, CORY *T*
Sex: MHeight:000Weight:000DOB:01/16/1970
Address:803 R STREET NW #201
City: WASHINGTONState:DCZip Code:00000 - 0000
City: CAPITOL HEIGHTSState:MDZip Code:20743 - 0000

This man was charged in '99 with armed robbery in Maryland. Given that he is about 40 years old, you have to wonder if his 18 y.o. son was the one killed in this case?

Father and son armed robbers?

One wonders if the orphaned infant son of Cory D. Joyner (the 18 y.o. now passed) will grow up to be an armed robber, too. Maybe so, if he gets raised by the same woman who, reading between the lines, already seems to have raised an armed robber, fathered by another armed robber.

Gloomy thought, but a realistic one.

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 13, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

BTW: For all you junior conspiracy theorists with a racial chip on your shoulder who think police officers pull over strangers and shoot them for no reason, or just because they're black, consider this: if the struggle and shooting happened right beside the stopped vehicle, there is also a good possibility the incident was recorded on the police cruiser video camera and, perhaps, the wireless microphone officers normally wear for vehicle stops in PG.

If video affirms the officer's version, will you post your apology here? If the video affirms the thug was innocent, I will.

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 13, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Incredulous, Yes I'll post an apology if necessary. I'm pretty straight about the problems of crime in the Black and Hispanic communities, which has clearly has destroyed a society/a community, bringing on a form of chaos and anarchism.

But, first let's get to the bottom of this shooting. Man shot in the back 7 times. One cop/no witnesses. Taurus Automatic found loaded with serial number ground off. Was it fired? where is the shell casing? where is the bullet. is there gun residue on the hands of the deceased? Fingerprints on the Taurus? Why would a career criminal grind off serial numbers? You don't see this in normal DC crime do you?

I just have a creepy feeling that there is something more to this than meets the eye. And no, I do not give law enforcement a pass just because they wear a badge. And yes I do know cops in major cities who have carried "drop guns."

Oh, and I'm White and Conservative and a Veteran, and I think somebody in the Black community has to take a stand against the terrorists and murders. But I'm not sure about this case. It just seems odd. Certainly the Mother will get no sympathy or traction and the boy will be demonized.

Well maybe he should be or shouldn't be. Again, if I'm wrong, I'll apologize. But let's wait and see what happens (ok this is PG County so nothing will change)

Posted by: wjc1va | December 13, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

wjc1va...let's get the facts of the case prior to forming an opinion. That's all anyone can ask. I doubt you would apologize...because anyone who believes a media outlets version of a story is discredible to begin with. Monday morning cop at it's best. And let's not distort the truth...he wasn't shot in the back 7 times.
And yes it is very common to see thugs (who are responsible for the level of living in this county) to grind off serial numbers. Most are stolen in burglaries or pawn shop robberies. You weren't there, you don't have all the facts, and know nothing personal about this particular police officer. You, your half-witted comments are the exact problem which keeps the cycle of hate going.

Posted by: realist29 | December 14, 2010 12:50 AM | Report abuse

"You, your half-witted comments are the exact problem which keeps the cycle of hate going."

Well, I guess I'll just have to make another couple of half-witted comments.
1) is there gun powder residue from the Taurus on the Police officer? There Should be.
2) Why would the police officer stop and frisk an ordinary citizen? Is this legal? "Up against the car, let me frisk you!"

Now, again there may be nothing here and the 18 year old may indeed have been frisked, whirled away from the frisker, drew, fired, and then tried to run away. But again, I haven't seen any article that I can recall over the past several years of crime reports talking about guns being found with ground-off serial numbers.

And no I wasn't there; just a discriminating reader and given the level of WaPo reporting on crime, I don't even pretend to have all the facts. So, we'll wait and see where the cards fall.

Posted by: wjc1va | December 14, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Nice catch...I never even noticed it. Can sure tell it was on Monday!

BigDaddy651-a.k.a. the kinder gentler internet gangsta

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 14, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

wjc1va wrote:
1) is there gun powder residue from the Taurus on the Police officer? There Should be.
2) Why would the police officer stop and frisk an ordinary citizen? Is this legal? "Up against the car, let me frisk you!"

Idiots will persist. And I'm not talking about the dead teenager.

OF COURSE they'll check his hands for gunpowder residue, Mr. Rocket Scientist.

BTW: The officer was on a **special robbery detail** responding to an **armed robbery** in the area an hour before and equipped with a suspect description, which matched the deceased. That is why he would have had ample cause to stop and frisk.

The cop deserves an award for vigilance in defense of the public at risk to his own life. But he gets knucklehead armchair quarterbacks like you.

It's Landover. It's a robber with a gun. He fired on the officer. There will be lots of evidence between possible videos, gunpowder residue, autopsy, likely witnesses (if stop snitchin' does not prevail). They'll fingerprint the gun AND the magazine, you twit. Mind you, those details won't make the Post. Exculpation of police officers is not one of their editorial priorities.

"Why would the police officer stop and frisk an *ordinary* citizen?"

You could not sound more naive. They use a word on the street for people like you: "Bama."

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 15, 2010 2:05 AM | Report abuse

PS: The cop fired, so he *had* gunpowder residue on his hands. The hands to check for gunpowder residue are the hands on the corpse.

And if they were as close as it sounds when the shooting happened, both actors will probably have residue on them, no matter who shot at whom.

So much for CSI solving the scenario....

Posted by: IncredulousAsEver | December 16, 2010 4:01 AM | Report abuse

You all are all insensitive IDIOTS. Someone is dead,a mother is mourning. The case is still under investigation. Do not judge until you know the entire story. Bless you all.

Posted by: poetry4chantel | December 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

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