Off-duty officer shoots man at club
An off-duty Seat Pleasant police officer working security at a Forestville night club shot a man who apparently was reaching for a handgun on the floor of an SUV early Saturday morning, authorities said Monday.
The incident occurred about 4:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the CFE club in the 7700 block of Marlboro Pike, said Maj. Andrew Ellis, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police Department. The officer, he said, was working with others to clear the club parking lot when he heard a gunshot, and he was directed to a Chevrolet Tahoe where it was thought to have originated.
As one person was getting out of the SUV, the driver appeared to reach for the floor, Ellis said. That’s when the officer fired his weapon, striking the driver in the leg, Ellis said. He said police later recovered a 9 mm handgun from the floor of the vehicle.
Ellis declined to identify the Seat Pleasant officer involved in the shooting, saying his name would have to come from his own department, which would explore whether he acted in accordance with department policy. The Seat Pleasant police chief and the town’s mayor did not return phone and e-mail messages seeking comment.
Police identified the driver of the car as James W. Speaks, 27, of Temple Hills, and the man who was getting out as Demiyal C. Edwards, 22, of Camp Springs. Court records show both men were charged with handgun in a vehicle and reckless endangerment, though the records spell Edwards’s first name as “Demyial.”
Efforts to reach family of both men were unsuccessful.
The CFE club also was the site of a fatal stabbing over the weekend. Ellis said he had no information to suggest the two cases were related.
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