Man shot by Pr. George's police identified
A man fatally shot Thursday by Prince George’s County police was identified as Han Harrer, 54, of Camp Springs, who authorities said began acting irrationally when officers sought to question him about a dead body found near his home.
The incident began shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday, when officers answered a call about an unconscious man in the back of a box truck in the 6700 block of Coolridge Road, police said.
The man in the truck, whose identity has not been confirmed, apparently was a homeless person. “It is believed he was sleeping in the truck during inclement weather for several days,” police said in a statement, adding that his death did not appear to have resulted from a crime.
As part of the investigation, officers began canvassing residents, seeking information about the man, police said.
While officers were talking with Harrer, who lived in the same block of Coolridge where the truck was, “he retrieved a shotgun and barricaded himself inside of his home,” police said. “The patrol officers sought cover, set up a perimeter and summoned the Conflict Management Team to handle the barricade situation.”
After attempts to communicate with Harrer failed, police said, the department’s Emergency Services Team “made entry into the home, encountered Harrer, and attempted to negotiate his surrender,” police said. “Harrer refused to surrender and pointed his shotgun at the team. A member of the Emergency Services Team fired his departmental service weapon, fatally injuring Harrer.”
The shooting remains under investigation, police said.
-- Paul Duggan
Washington Post Editors
February 12, 2010; 4:01 PM ET
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