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Off-duty Md. officer in gunfight

By Ruben Castaneda
Ruben Castaneda

An off-duty Prince George's County police officer narrowly escaped injury early Thursday morning when he exchanged gunfire at close range with a man who was trying to rob him in Greenbelt, authorities said.

A shot fired by the would-be robber went through the officer's jacket, police said, but the officer was not injured.

The incident occurred around 12:30 when the officer was getting out of his car in an apartment complex in the 8500 block of Greenbelt Road.

The officer, who was in plain clothes, was approached by a man who tried to rob him, police said.

The suspect fired a shot at close range, and the officer returned fire, police said.

The would-be robber ran away. Police were canvassing the area looking for a suspect, and also checking area hospitals in case the attacker was wounded, authorities said.

By Ruben Castaneda  | November 11, 2010; 8:43 AM ET
Categories:  Pr. George's, Ruben Castaneda  | Tags:  Prince George's crime  
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Another fine example. Crime is down in P G County.

Posted by: gpl2411 | November 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Target practice....

Posted by: 10bestfan | November 11, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. Some officer apparently needs more range time.

Posted by: michael49 | November 11, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this a regular deal in PG County? Interesting question, if this was Joe Citizen who got shot at in a mugging, would they have canvassed the area and checked in with area hospitals?

Not likely...

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | November 11, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

they both need target practice. and don't they know if the suspect was shot? Let's see, when someone is shot, this dark red stuff called blood comes out of them.

Posted by: red2million | November 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

People getting in situations like this tend to get themselves into those situations.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | November 11, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

a likely story

Posted by: devilsadvocate2 | November 11, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey, this reporter "Casteneda" looks just like Adam Sandler?!

Posted by: arlington1200 | November 11, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Very improbable story by the PGC police officer that was invented to cover up an accidental discharge of his weapon. After all, concealed carry of a handgun is illegal in Maryland, right? And how could a trained police officer draw his weapon and miss at point blank range?

To believe the cop's story, you would have to accept that 1) gun control laws do nothing to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and 2) PGC cops are poorly trained and generally incompentent.

Anyone buying that?

Posted by: hisroc | November 11, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

so, only inept cops and thugs are allowed to carry weapons in maryland.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | November 11, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Cited authorities notwithstanding, this location on Greenbelt Road (Rt. 193) is not "in Greenbelt." It's in unincorporated Prince George's County.

Posted by: RadioFlyer1 | November 12, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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