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Off-duty officer shoots man at club

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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.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  August 23, 2010; 5:23 PM ET
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I have no doubt that the usual leftist rabble will chime in soon to defend the criminal scum that had was reaching for a gun on the floorboard.

Posted by: madmike272 | August 23, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

As a leftist rabbler from the area, I'm glad the officer was there providing security.
I'm curious about what the first shot was about. It came from the Tahoe, but no one else was shot, and the gun was on then floor?
I'm not insinuating anything, I just wonder what happened.

Posted by: Hypocritic | August 24, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

It does not matter what the first shot was about. Whether you are white or black, if you reach for a gun in front of a police officer you should expect to get shot.

That is the way it is and the way it should be. You should be shot beore you can get off even a random shot that could hit an innocent bystander.

Stay away from guns.

Posted by: nydc2003 | August 24, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Why don't they just shut this place down?

Posted by: lulu202 | August 24, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I'm wondering if the driver was, lets say....the hunting type. You know one of those gun nuts in Va, who rides around with guns in his truck where ever he goes, and this scnerio was the same, would madmike272 be calling him scum. Would madmike272 not be the first to start waving the constitution. But I guess contiplating this is for liberals. Geronimo said it best the white boy has no sinse of rightousness when applied to others, only he deserves it.

Posted by: ECAlexander | August 25, 2010 7:08 AM | Report abuse

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