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Posted at 6:14 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Police exchange fire near Suitland Metro

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post editors

A Prince George's County police officer and a suspect exchanged gunfire in the Suitland area Wednesday evening. The officer was not hit and it is unclear whether the gunman suffered any injuries, authorities said.

The incident started just before 5 p.m. Wednesday when an officer went to investigate a suspicious person armed with a handgun near the Suitland Metro station, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George's County police spokesman. As the officer approached, the suspect fired some shots at him, Tippett said. The officer returned fire, and the suspect ran off, he said.

Police are still in the area searching for the suspect, described as a man wearing a purple shirt and white pants. The officer was not struck by gunfire, Tippett said. It remains unclear whether the suspect was hit, he said.

Tippett said there would likely be road closures and traffic delays in the area, but he was on his way to the scene to determine what streets were shut down and more details about the incident. Police had launched a massive search for the suspect, authorities said.

By Matt Zapotosky  | December 15, 2010; 6:14 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Police Shootings, Pr. George's  
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Comments

was I the only that thought the headline meant police were shooting at each other...

Posted by: destewar | December 16, 2010 2:53 AM | Report abuse

Suitland area has really gone the way of Dodge City. How hard is it to track a person who wears purple and white?

Posted by: UnknownHenson | December 16, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

No destewar you are not the only one.

Posted by: busdriver420 | December 16, 2010 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Headline is definitely misleading. Do we know if the perp is black or white or is that not PC these days? "All we can tell you is that we're looking for a human being..."

Suitland Metro station...hmm...that's not a safe area is it? You need to go through there with two pit bulls.

Cops have their work cut out for them. The supply of stupid, lazy, violent, good-for-nothing creeps is endless. All with guns of course.

GO COPS GO. DIE PUNKS DIE.

I know that no one here is on the side of thugs/felons...

Posted by: TaxiDriver | December 16, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Destewar and Busdriver420, I thought the same thing.

Posted by: Ms511 | December 16, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Target practice....
Get the punks,
More police in and about the metro stations!

Posted by: 10bestfan | December 16, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The headline is misleading to say the least.
Now this happened in PGC...so the police simply MUST be at fault.
What was that officer thinking running in front of the gun the guy was carrying illegally? Then he had the audacity to attempt to defend himself returning fire!
I'm sure this man with the gun was out helping old women to and from the trains or helping the homeless find a hot meal in this cold weather.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 16, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

maybe the headline should of read; Cop and thug shoot it up at suitland metro.

or; Cop/Thug gunfight @suitland metro.

or; Suitland Metro Bang Bang Boom.

or; PG Cop Shoots back.

or; Bullets Blaze Cop and Thug Suitland Metro.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 16, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the person is a thug, we really don't know, but calling someone a thug is just a word in place of the n-word.

Posted by: meatkins | December 16, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

the word thug has no racial connotations unless you add a Z to it, as in Thugz or you decide to use it that way. A thug is just another word for bully that infers criminality.

from dictionary.com;
thug   /θʌg/ Show Spelled
[thuhg]
–noun
1. a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
2. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 16, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

"Police are still in the area searching for the suspect, described as a man wearing a purple shirt and white pants."

Well, we know the "suspect" is a man...though soon that'll be regarded as sexist reporting.

We know he's probably not white, otherwise WaPo would have printed it.

But that's about it. Way to go WaPo, you leave an armed hoodlum shooting at people on the streets, because you're too mired in political correctness to print a decent description of him. Nice reporting.

(Of course Edward R. Murrow would roll over in his grave, but who was he anyhow).

Posted by: wjc1va | December 16, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Wow 3 PG County Police shooting in one week. I would like to know how many police shootings this year have PG County police been involved in

Posted by: JeffreyP | December 16, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Wow 3 PG County Police shooting in one week. I would like to know how many police shootings this year have PG County police been involved in

Posted by: JeffreyP | December 16, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

the word thug has no racial connotations unless you add a Z to it, as in Thugz or you decide to use it that way. A thug is just another word for bully that infers criminality.

from dictionary.com;
thug   /θʌg/ Show Spelled
[thuhg]
–noun
1. a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.
2. ( sometimes initial capital letter ) one of a former group of professional robbers and murderers in India who strangled their victims.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 16, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse
_____________________________________
I know what a thug is, that wasn't my point. The way it is loosely used on this website, almost any statement can be replaced with the n-word instead of thug and have the same meaning. People on here call NBA and NFL players thugs too, so you tell me, do ALL of those athletes fit the definiton? I think not.

Posted by: meatkins | December 16, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Returns fire and apparently misses. Didn't this same story play-out a week ago? Am I totally alone in wondering if the PG Co Police force can even hit the side of a barn when they fire their gun? What gives here? What is the marksmanship requirement? Fire once every two years, and then just put holes anywhere on the target, not necessarily center?

Posted by: wilpajones | December 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

wilpajones,
Earlier this week(Monday possibly?)there was a story about a purse snatcher in College Park with the description of "early 50s caucasian" who outran the PG officer chasing him on foot.
So apparently they can't run or shoot...

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 16, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

BigDaddy, Although if the Perp had a dog with him it would be dead now. Maybe the cop actually hit target, but the Perp had $80K in his shirt pocket at the time which absorbed the impact of the rounds?

Posted by: wilpajones | December 16, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

wilpajones,
Or maybe $79K stuffed into a bra? That seems to be pretty popular in PGC too, but only if you're an elected official and the FBI is at the door.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | December 16, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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