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Posted at 2:19 AM ET, 06/11/2010

Maryland state trooper shot, killed

By Mike McPhate

This post was updated at 11:30 a.m.

An off-duty Maryland state police officer was shot and killed early Friday in the parking lot of a Forestville area restaurant, police said.

Wesley Brown, 24, was shot shortly before 12:40 a.m. at the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Donnell Drive after an incident inside the restaurant involving a “disorderly” customer who refused to pay a bill, Col. Michael Blow told reporters.

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Maryland State Trooper Wesley Brown. (AP/Maryland State Police)

Brown, who was working part-time as a security officer at the Applebee's, escorted the individual outside, police said. About 30 minutes later, a gunman ambushed the trooper as he exited the restaurant. The man who disputed his bill is considered a “person of interest,” police said, but they are not limiting their search to him.

Brown appeared to have been shot without warning as he spoke on a mobile phone, Terrence B. Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, told reporters. Brown was wearing a jacket that displayed the word “police” and he had a marked police car in front of the restaurant, police said.

The wounded trooper stumbled into the restaurant covered in blood, at which point patrons called 911, police said.

Brown was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. It wasn't clear how many times he had been shot, but multiple casings were found in the parking lot, Sheridan said.

“We have recovered a lot of evidence,” Maj. Andy Ellis, a county police department spokesman, said.

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Police at the scene of the shooting Friday morning. (Gerald Martineau/Post)

Police describe the suspect, who fled on foot, as an African American male between about 5’ 6” and 5' 8" weighing about 130 pounds with short hair and a little bit of a beard who was wearing a Hugo Boss jacket. He is considered armed and dangerous, police said.

A perimeter was set up immediately after police arrived at the scene and a search is ongoing. More than 50 witnesses have been interviewed, police said.

“We won’t stop until we find this man,” Sheridan said.

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Terrence B. Sheridan, Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, and Gov. Martin O'Malley speak to reporters. (Gerald Martineau/Post)

Gov. Martin O'Malley told reporters that the investigation is “very, very active.”

“There are a small number of brutal, cold people that would take another’s life without thinking about it,” O'Malley said. “That’s what happened here.”

Brown, a 3 ½-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, was an active member of the Seat Pleasant community, where he attended Crossland High School and studied criminal justice at Prince George’s Community College Community College in Largo. He was the youngest cadet in his police academy class to graduate.

In 2007, he founded a mentoring group, Young Men Enlightening Younger Men, that would take teenagers on field trips throughout the D.C. area to places like the National Zoo and museums, and bring in professionals to give talks.

Brown described the group’s mission on its Web site to help kids struggling academically.

“What happens to those who try, but who just don’t make it because of poor school systems or a lack of support from home? Where does he go?” Brown wrote. “We believe that if a young man is trying to make himself a better man and a productive member of society, then we are PROUD of him.”

Brown found common cause with struggling kids, having run into problems himself as a high school student, according to a 2007 Maryland Gazette article. At one point, he was kicked out of school for fighting.

“When I got expelled, it kind of upset my family,” Brown told the paper. “So from then I had to do right. That’s why I started working, staying out of trouble and doing well in school.”

Eugene Grant, the mayor of Seat Pleasant, said Brown “was a tremendous light in our community.”

“He was an excellent example of someone who not only served and protected, but also gave back to his community,” Grant said.

“He always had a smile on his face,” he said.

Brown had recently become engaged to be married.

The last Maryland State trooper to die in the line of duty was Mickey C. Lippy, 34, a trooper and paramedic who was killed when his helicopter crashed in bad weather in Prince George's County.

-- Staff writers David Nakamura and Ruben Castaneda contributed to this report.




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By Mike McPhate  | June 11, 2010; 2:19 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Forestville Md., Maryland state police, Prince George's County, officer shot  
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I figured it wouldn't be long...this place was trying to become like 'Club Fridays' where folks come to TGIF's like it's the club (silver shoes/silver halter on a Monday nite is trying too hard girl...slow down baby)

RIP to the officer

Posted by: kahlua87 | June 11, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

wow charlietuna666, the number in your name really speaks the truth of your heart. a good man died and all you see is an opportunity for race baiting.

Posted by: eyekey416 | June 11, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Regardless of race or any of the bigoted nonsense that WP blog post are famous for, I hope they catch this guy and justice is served.

Posted by: UnknownHenson | June 11, 2010 7:18 AM | Report abuse

Rest in peace Trooper Brown. As for charlietuna666 please stick to commenting on the story. There is nothing worse than a simpleton with internet access. Show some respect for the Troopers family and friends and withhold your rants until the next town hall meeting with you congressman.

Posted by: cardiojohn1 | June 11, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

A young man working hard at a second job and bringing heart to his community. Recently engaged. What a tremendous loss. May the perpetrator be caught and prosecuted. And condolences to his family; their hurt and grief must be heartbreaking.

Posted by: Pupster | June 11, 2010 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Rest in peace Trooper Brown. Your service brought honor to men and women of the MD State Police. Your name will never be forgotten. I will pray for your family and loved ones. Your death is a loss to all of us.....

Posted by: hueeman | June 11, 2010 7:28 AM | Report abuse

My heart is saddened by the loss of this great life. May his family find some comfort and peace during this time of bereavement.

Posted by: syvetteavery | June 11, 2010 7:32 AM | Report abuse

should have just gunned the fool down the minute he started acting up.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | June 11, 2010 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Martin O'Malley, instead of fighting the death penalty in MD, it needs to be used like in VA, especially when someone kills a law enforcement officer.

Bless Officer Brown and the law enforcement community for all they do.

Posted by: johnnyapplewhite123 | June 11, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

A restuarant with a club-like atmosphere? I didn't know Friday's were open close to midnight, with 1 off-duty security on-hand? Like someone else said it was only a matter of time. AND FOR WHAT - a bill owed.

Dam, the mentality is what sickens me the most. HOW DO YOU KILL SOMEONE OVER A BILL OWED?

Posted by: keedrow | June 11, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

I hope they do him the same way that they did the other boy that killed the PG officer in Laurel...Catch him and send him to Upper Marlboro by error and see if he can make it out. MD needs the death penalty!

Posted by: shanel629 | June 11, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

God Bless Trooper Brown and all of our Fallen Heroes that have made the ultimate sacrifice. A correction to this story is that Mickey Lippy AND Retired Trooper Steve Bunker were the last two MSP Personnel killed in the line of duty. Steve was the pilot and Mickey was the Flight Paramedic on Trooper 2's ill-fated flight.... Colonel David B. Mitchell, Ret., Maryland State Police

Posted by: mspsuper1 | June 11, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

What's even more heartbreaking about the outcome of this situation is the fact that Trooper Brown was an advocate of making a positive change in the community, starting with our young brothers who needed the support most.

To have such a magnitude of emotion and heartfelt condolence for the life lost of this young brother without knowing him personally as well as his family is major.

RIP Trooper Brown and may your soul rest in the hands of the almighty King!

Posted by: Messiah2010 | June 11, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

"Police describe the suspect as an African American male between about 5’ 6” and 5' 8" weighing about 130 pounds who was wearing a Hugo Boss jacket."

That narrows it down to about 4,000. Surely there is video at picture can be taken from and distributed. Every hour counts.

Posted by: HoosierFavoriteCommenter | June 11, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Relax everyone, this is clearly a case of an American exercising his constitutional RIGHT to care a weapon!

As long as EVERY moron has the RIGHT to own and carry weapons, these unfortunate misunderstandings can occur.

I'm SURE that Trooper Brown's family and the NRA must understand and feel the same way.

As Timothy MacVey would have said, collateral damage can occur.

Posted by: dbert4 | June 11, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

thugs will continue to commit these acts knowing if they are caught they can lawyer up and walk,usually with a slap on the hand. death penalty is required

Posted by: pofinpa | June 11, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO TROPPER BROWN'S FAMILY. THIS STORY IS HEARTBREAKING AND IT'S SAD. HERE YOU HAVE A YOUNG MAN DOING HIS JOB AND HIS LIFE GETS TAKEN AWAY BY A COWARD. I WILL KEEP HIS FAMILY IN MY PRAYERS. AS FOR charlietuna666 YOU ARE IGNORANT AND YOU BETTER PRAY NOTHING HAPPENS TO ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. BECAUSE YOUR COMMENT JUST SHOWS HOW LIMITED AND NON INTELLIGENT YOU ARE AND IF IT WERE YOU SUFFERING FROM A LOST YOU WOULDN'T WANT ANYONE TO LEAVE A NEGATIVE COMMENT ABOUT YOUR FAMILY SO RESPECT HIS FAMILY. CRIME HAPPENS EVERYWHERE IN CITIES,RURAL AREAS,HOME,WORK AS WELL.FYI SOMETHINGS SHOULD BE KEPT UNSAID THERE IS A TIME AND A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING

Posted by: dt_jefferson | June 11, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

With all the clamoring for "upscale" retail shopping and dining in parts of PG Co. you have to wonder why any company would place any stores or eateries in an area frequented by the DC and inside the beltway thugs. I would never choose to go Forestville for any reason- better to make the drive to AA or MoCo and not risk your life for a hamburger. RIP officer Brown. We need more folks like you in this world.

Posted by: lsf07 | June 11, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

In Prince George's County, Md. [the new D.C], they be killin' good in th' neighbahood ...

Posted by: perryneheum | June 11, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

5'7" 130 lbs. ... little man complex.

Posted by: seadog1946 | June 11, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

To lsf07: I frequented this Applebees for years and I have never thought I was in a dangerous area.

As far as the shooting goes this is a prime example of why we need the death penalty. You can bet when they catch this guy his attorney will give us the sad song and dance about how he was rasied, or hooked on drugs, or has a low IQ.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | June 11, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I hope the perp resists arrest to the point where handcuffs are no longer needed.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | June 11, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

..and they wonder why "high end" stores like Nieman Marcus don't want to come to pee gee county.

Posted by: kalisdan | June 11, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

RIP Trooper Brown. You will be missed, and are proof that people can overcome their surroundings and achieve their dreams. Unfortunately, yours was tragically cut short by a POS that isn't even fit to lick your boots. The suspect will be caught and justice will be served, one way or the other. Regrettably, this kind of stuff will continue to occur in this part of Maryland and DC until politicians and citizens decide they have had enough and want to live peaceful lives without dodging thugs everywhere they go. DC and MD need to put violent criminals away for the maximum sentence with no parole, just like we do in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Not to say we don't have our share of problems, but look where the majority of violent street crimes happen. Now, explain why they don't happen nearly as often in Virginia. It's because even the stupidest, illiterate street thug knows what happens to them if they're caught in Virginia is simply this - - they go to prison for mostly ever in a place that their sorry excuses for families can't even find on a map. Peace loving citizens deserve better from their so-called leaders, who are scared to take action for fear of alienating a large portion of their constituents.

Posted by: erumph1 | June 11, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

RIP to the officer, but what type of man takes a gun to applebees? I can only think of one, a coward who likes to start stuff then pulls a gun because he is too small to back it up himself.

Posted by: maeast | June 11, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

In memory of Wesley Brown, the family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers. What a tragic waste of a young life. Love and strength to all who are blessed to have known him.

Posted by: rabate | June 11, 2010 9:17 AM | Report abuse

I hope they catch the bottom-feeder who took the life of this inspiring young man over a meal bill. RIP Trooper Brown.
On second thought, what kind of restaurant needs to hire off-duty troopers for security? That fact right there would deter me from eating at that restaurant.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | June 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

A 130-pound lad? A fedderweight who is going to wish he hadn't smoked that lovely...especially when he gets hemmed in. Golly!

Posted by: mlombre69 | June 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

I hope they catch the bottom-feeder who took the life of this inspiring young man over a meal bill. RIP Trooper Brown.
On second thought, what kind of restaurant needs to hire off-duty troopers for security? That fact right there would deter me from eating at that restaurant.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | June 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

A tragedy. But why, in America, do we allow private business to basically "rent out" fully uniformed off-duty police officers to serve as private security? This is a corrupt practice.

A policeman's badge, gun, and (most importantly) authority should not be for rent or sale.

Posted by: kcx7 | June 11, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame a man died, but it's even worse that the Md police thinks his life is worth more than all of the other people killed in in the state this year. They should give the same care to every case instead of devoting extra resources just because this security guard (which is all he was doing at the time of his killing) had a second job as a state trooper.

In addition, the police should stop allowing cops to use their badge and gun to earn income in a second job. They don't let the highway maintenance crews run a landscape company on the side so why should police be treated better?

Posted by: alvint | June 11, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Dead man walking, I hope PG cop's get there hands on him.

Posted by: wujjs | June 11, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

brilliantalvint, they should take away cop's ability to make a living working part time. maybe then they'll use their guns to rob people like you to make ends meet. where do all these geniuses come from?

Posted by: red2million | June 11, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Brian Gibson all over again. He was gunned downed back in 1997 after removing, or bouncing if you will, a POS from the IBEX club. He sought revenge and murdered him. We need to rid our communities of these scumbags but, unfortunately, it's usually after the fact that we realize just how morally bankrupt they truly are. Bleeding hearts need to stop being so lenient on these KIDS because they grow up to commit even more heinous crimes like this.

Posted by: MzTina | June 11, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO TROOPER BROWN'S FAMILY. He was a passionate man and surely did not deserve this. God Bless Him. However, I firmly disagree that MD should institute the death penalty as more and more black males will be sentenced to die, and in many cases for crimes that they did not commit. There are many cops who are as crooked as the scum walking the streets. They lie, cheat, steal, rob, and accuse people of crimes they know the person did not commit, destroying in the majority of cases, black families. Trooper Brown perhaps was an exception to the rule. But stop trying to hide the truth. There is no mistake that black families are being destroyed daily by a criminal justice system, that favors the white and the rich. There are many sides to this story. And in this case, a good man, a servant to the people has been slain. The offender will be caught, and he will get what he deserves. There are many good offices as Trooper Brown around this nation. But in large part, they are like the Philadelphia Officer who shot himself, and said a black male did it. Imagine, if they had not fully investigated the matter, some black male, somewhere, may be on death row or rotting in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Posted by: larrywinters | June 11, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

kcx7 said:
A tragedy. But why, in America, do we allow private business to basically "rent out" fully uniformed off-duty police officers to serve as private security? This is a corrupt practice.

A policeman's badge, gun, and (most importantly) authority should not be for rent or sale.

they allow this so that officers can legally earn extra income and don't have to live next to people like the suspect who killed Trooper Brown.

Posted by: cardiojohn1 | June 11, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

@lsf07 there is nothing wrong with forestville or putting upscale shopping areas in prince george's (this applebees not being one of them). People with guns kill others everywhere. You're speaking ill of an entire county based off a terrible event that happens everyday across the country unfortunately. Stay outta PG if you want but don't say it's because it's unsafe, say it's because you're ignorant and scared of the unknown.

Posted by: fwithay | June 11, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

@lsf07 there is nothing wrong with forestville or putting upscale shopping areas in prince george's (this applebees not being one of them). People with guns kill others everywhere. You're speaking ill of an entire county based off a terrible event that happens everyday across the country unfortunately. Stay outta PG if you want but don't say it's because it's unsafe, say it's because you're ignorant and scared of the unknown.

Posted by: fwithay | June 11, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

dbert4 wrote:

Relax everyone, this is clearly a case of an American exercising his constitutional RIGHT to care a weapon!

As long as EVERY moron has the RIGHT to own and carry weapons, these unfortunate misunderstandings can occur.

I'm SURE that Trooper Brown's family and the NRA must understand and feel the same way.

As Timothy MacVey would have said, collateral damage can occur.
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dbert4, you are an idiot. Do you really think the person who shot the trooper was a law abiding citizen before last night? Do you think he used a legally obtained gun to commit this murder?
FYI, Maryland does not have a right to carry a concealed weapon law nor does it have a law allowing open carry of a handgun. You must have a carry conceal permit to carry a handgun in Maryland and it is extremely, if not impossible, to get for law abiding citizens.

I hope the criminal is caught, tortured and then killed.

Posted by: neil64 | June 11, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"Relax everyone, this is clearly a case of an American exercising his constitutional RIGHT to care a weapon!

As long as EVERY moron has the RIGHT to own and carry weapons, these unfortunate misunderstandings can occur.

I'm SURE that Trooper Brown's family and the NRA must understand and feel the same way.

As Timothy MacVey would have said, collateral damage can occur. "


REALLY?? In MD it wouldn't be legal for him to have the gun, carry the gun, or trasnport it in his car to Applebee's.. What the gun laws DID do its ensure there were NO law abiding ARMED citizens in the area that could have come to the officers aid. WHEW, good thing we have such strict gun laws in MD that won't LET us exercise our rights.

BUT Real Nice of you to try to politicize the MURDER of a police officer.

Posted by: itsbob | June 11, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

To alvint: Anyone government worker can be a small business owner as long as it does not create a conflict of interest such as doing work for your primary employer. So if you work on a road crew you can own and/or work for any business you like as long as you're off the clock. People please stick to commenting on the story when you post non factual statements on the WORLD WIDE WEB you really make yourself look ignorant.

Posted by: cardiojohn1 | June 11, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Red2million, you obviously are not a true Democrat, perhaps a Republican in disguise. Gov O'Mally opposes the death penalty because he is intelligent enough to know that more black males will be executed for crimes that may not have committed. Unlike you, he is looking at the big picture. Not this incident where this scum bag deserves the worse he could get. Republican is just a catch phrase for a group of people who are systematically trying to destroy the black family and the black race by imprisoning as many blacks as they can and with the help of many uncle toms who sat on juries voting to destroy yet another black family. If you are part of that... SO WHAT'S NEW!!! This nation is full of Uncle Toms.

Posted by: larrywinters | June 11, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

So sad! I hope they find this guy. He has no respect for human life. What was this really over.... a BILL or just ACTING STUPID? My condolences to the officer’s family.

Posted by: TriciaWynn | June 11, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I live near this area. I'm always wondering if I'll be the next victim of a senseless murder. It's like there are two PG Counties - there is "Gorgeous Prince Georges" and there's the area that I live in, bordering DC that is crime ridden and ignored. When someone comes along trying to bring light to our community, such as Trooper Brown, they are gunned down. This particular Applebee's is no stranger to violence and serves up your food with a 'tude. I have only eaten there twice, but both times witnessed fistfights breaking out between grown men. If I'm going to eat out, I travel farther out, both for atmosphere and service.

Posted by: CalmTruth | June 11, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

I should have known this would turn political. Anyway, for how long have blacks been blaming whites/Republicans for their demise and how much longer will this go on? As if they (blacks) aren't contributing to their own demise. Give me a break. What white man or Republican made this POS do what he did? What white man or Republican made those animals kill Principal Betts? What white man or Republican made those scumbag POS brothers and friends murder a man over a bracelet that he didn't even steal, and then gun down people who had just come from his funeral? Black people need to stop looking to place blame elsewhere and look at themselves. It's disgustiing...and I'm black!!!!

Posted by: MzTina | June 11, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

This is the one part of this country I do not like. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry can get a gun, the NRA Way. It's going to take generations to change it.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | June 11, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

I hope that the police catch the shooter, and place him into the Ronnie White cell, in the PG County Jail.

If you shoot a cop, in the performance of their duties, you do not deserve to survive the encounter, with his police friends.

R.I.P. to the Maryland State Trooper who gave his life.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | June 11, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

My heart and prayers go out to Trooper Brown and his family. He was a hero, in every sense of the word.

Posted by: pgcoresident | June 11, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

First, I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Trooper Wesley Brown. May God provide you comfort during this extremely difficult time.

Second, to all the idiots making derogatory comments about PG County; not the time or place. Crime is around us everywhere; check your facts.

These posts should be about the tragic loss of life for this young man over a restuarant bill. It makes me sad that things like this is becoming so common and taking a life is easy for these people.

Posted by: sandigray815 | June 11, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I have lived in Forestville for the past 43 years and have noticed many changes since moving here. I use to leave my house any time of the day or night and not be afraid to walk down the street. Right now ... I'm scared. However, I'm also afraid to walk down the street at night in Silver Spring, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Alexandria, you name the town. There are people everywhere in this country carrying guns; and why???

When I was a child there was that fear of God, or your parents if you did something wrong at school or on the streets. Now days there seems to be no fear of anything including police.

I'm not going to lock myself in the house and never come out again, but I may not make it home safely tonight because of some gun carrying thug on the streets; that is reality. I'm not for the death penalty but I would not mind paying taxes to send criminals to jail for live, without parole. By the way, while in jail they would not have televisions, gyms, books, and have to live on bread and water; and I would gladly pay for it!!!

Rest in peace Officer Brown and may God shine His light on you and your family. And to your family ... Remember God has a plan for all of us, and we know not when He will call us to Him. Office Brown was a good man and is now with his God.

Posted by: AliveInForestville | June 11, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

My condolences to the officer's family.

Posted by: case50 | June 11, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

fwithay wrote:

@lsf07 there is nothing wrong with forestville or putting upscale shopping areas in prince george's (this applebees not being one of them). People with guns kill others everywhere. You're speaking ill of an entire county based off a terrible event that happens everyday across the country unfortunately. Stay outta PG if you want but don't say it's because it's unsafe, say it's because you're ignorant and scared of the unknown.

Well having growed up in PG County since the sixities and all through till 2010, being in my forties, I've seen this county go from numerous upscale communities to more low income communities with more single parent, dysfunctional family living situations, and more juvenile group home settings than ever.
I always believe things should grow (PG County from the sixties to present day 2010), but this county and other parts of US cities have deteriorated to a third world status. Having personally worked with african american youth and there families/care providers in this county, I can personally say no one is speaking ill of an entire conuty per say it more the mentallity of the people that live there just because you maybe more educated than some and have a good job and nice home ie .life style doesn't mean anything if people around you or direct family memebers and continuing to live the thug life because they are part of your community you hold so dear. It is very very disappointing to see justg how far this county has regressed ( and continues as we speak). An outsider can only know what they've heard about a place (from maybe/maybe not good source) to judge a place ...does the media only report the bad ..yes mostly..but there are people who've been in this county for centuries yes centuries believe it or not who can bear witness to what I'm saying. PGC is in a sad state.

Posted by: rmiles5598 | June 11, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The cop that catches this killer gun should "accidentally discharge" resulting in a bullet to the head.

Posted by: StLou | June 11, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Inside the beltway PG county is a true trash dump. I would much rather live in NE/SE DC. than anywhere near Marlboro Pike PG County.

RIP to Trooper Brown.

Posted by: digger76 | June 11, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

@red2million and cardiojohn1,

You're not very bright. No where did I say a cop can't take a second job. I said he shouldn't be able to use government-purchased equipment and a government-created position as the means to do that second job.

Can either of you two left tail residents identify any other government position where an employee can legally take his government-owned equipment home and use it for his own business?

Posted by: alvint | June 11, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

This is the one part of this country I do not like. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry can get a gun, the NRA Way. It's going to take generations to change it.


So you're saying the gun he used, and how he used it were legal in MD??

Every Tom, Dick and Harry that are CRIMINALS can get, carry and use guns. That I'll give you.

Posted by: itsbob | June 11, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

This is the one part of this country I do not like. Every Tom, Dick, and Harry can get a gun, the NRA Way. It's going to take generations to change it.


So you're saying the gun he used, and how he used it were legal in MD??

Every Tom, Dick and Harry that are CRIMINALS can get, carry and use guns. That I'll give you.

Posted by: itsbob | June 11, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

pg chillin

Posted by: thenoggin | June 11, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

When will all the people of Forestville stand-up and fight against the crime in their area. These are teens to young adults committing these crimes and every report make them seem as though there is no family (maybe not) no friends (maybe not ...being an outcast) who has no decency, who couldn’t possibly be a role model? I find it rude that some would come on here to defend their county when daily you hear of hideous crimes taking place in the black communities across the US do we commit all the reported crime NO, but we do enough dumb sh$t to leave a very very negative mark on ourselves and our communities. We need to get our house together than we would not get so offended when others speak ill of US. Just a thought…. or maybe a pipe dream.

Posted by: rmiles5598 | June 11, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Hurrah for the NRA, the more guns in peoples hands the better? And what do you get? Chaos.
To: CarolFriend = there are demons everywhere, but more are raised in some places than in others. A country like the Netherlands (Holland) has a very low crime rate. There is not a gun in everyones pocket. Oh well.

Posted by: jeanlucca | June 11, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Alvint your exact comment was "In addition, the police should stop allowing cops to use their badge and gun to earn income in a second job. They don't let the highway maintenance crews run a landscape company on the side so why should police be treated better?" According to news reports Trooper Brown was wearing a jacket that said police which could have been purchased out of his own pocket.It also said he was in plain clothes maybe he didn't have his badge. But your comment about road crews didn't state if they were using a "maintenance truck" to run a business on the side. as for other government agencies I cant speak on that without seeing an inventory of every piece of equipment that local,state and federal workers are issued. But I'm sure someone other than the police use Government equipment for personal gain. So I say again rest in peace Trooper Brown.

Posted by: cardiojohn1 | June 11, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

larrywinters you're one of those people who thinks of everything in life in racial terms. sorry, i don't think much about race, people are people to me. black people who commit crimes should be punished appropriately just as those of any other skin color should. I don't care if the guy's white, black or green, he's a scumbag with no regard for human life, and he should be executed promptly. dbert4 is mentally retarded. MD has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. Get caught with a loaded weapon in your car or on your person and you will do time regardless of how squeaky clean you've been up until that time. MD is anti-gun. That joke of an attorney general we had under glendenning had a whole thing writte up on the website saying how guns are evil, commit crimes all by themselves, and citizens shouldn't be trusted with them. the anti-gun crowd isn's smart enought to realize, that if citizens were allowed to carry like they do in VA, perhaps someone could have apprehended or killed this pondscum. I vote for the latter, save the taxpayers some money. that's right larr-dog. i'm a democrat and I own an arsenal and i think violent criminals of any flavor should be executed, and wouldn't mind pulling the plug on a few of them myself. this guy should be hunted down like the dog he is, cornered, and then have a few magazines emptied into his worthless hide. he's a lowlife cowardly scumturd.

Posted by: red2million | June 11, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

How come whenever a crime is committed by a black man in a neighborhood that is demographically African American, people use the crime to define the neighborhood and its residents, but when a crime is committed by a white guy in a white neighborhood -- it's just a sad anomoly?

This officer lived in PG County all of his life, and he sounded like an amazing man and his death is a terrible tragedy. How about looking at the slain officer as an example of PG County, rather than just the killer?

Posted by: CAC2 | June 11, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

It is a sad day in America when an Applebee restaurant requires in-house security.

Posted by: m3mchugh | June 11, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

This is why I would hate to live in PG or DC. Cesspools of violence, incompetence, and crime.

Posted by: jackson641 | June 11, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

If he was off-duty and moonlighting as a security guard, then why was he wearing a POLICE jacket and driving his marked car for personal use?

Either way, it's sad that an officer died, and I hope they catch and fry/shoot the criminal....

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 11, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

My condolences to the officers family and friends. A good man was killed for nothing by a POS and I pray that he is caught soon. When I hear of senseless murders like this by "blacks" against other blacks or even whites for that matter I can't help but think that there is no hope for us. This type of senseless crime happens every hour of every day in every city in this country. I think that soon this society will implode on itself, if some sort of moral correction isn't made soon. The people who do these types of crimes know right from wrong, they know that they have screwed up their lives as youths, and are just to morally bankrupt to attempt a change. There isn't going to be a change in them. The ones that you see with their pants halfway of their behinds, and driving these hoopties, don't want to better themselves, they are satisfied with the subpar lives that they have created for themselves, and they are angry that nothing will change for them and they don't have it in them morally to change. God help you if you have the misfourtune to cross paths with one of them.

Posted by: concernedcit1 | June 11, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

My deepest condolences to Trooper Brown's family and fellow troopers. I can think of few acts more senseless than this murder.

Death penalty supporters: We need more than just the death penalty, for death is no penalty for people who commit such callous acts. They do not value life. That's why they take lives away. Many people have no fear of death (after all, once it's done, it's done). But everybody fears excruciating pain. The roughest, toughest thus will curl up into the fetal position if he's got a toothache.

We need anything goes "Black Sites". You commit a crime like this, you get sent to an undisclosed location and tortured to the brink of death 'til you die of old age.

I really don't understand why cruel and unusual punishment is unconstitutional. It's better than the death penalty because if a person is wrongly convicted, at least they're not dead. And if they were properly convicted, then they receive a punishment "worse than death". Win-win.

Posted by: GreenMeansGo | June 11, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

if the guy refused to pay the bill, why wasn't he arrested? I was at a restaraunt a couple of year's ago and the police were ready to arrest a guy because he had a meal, and didn't have the money to pay. It's a crime to not pay, why was the guy simply escorted out? If I started acting disorderly and refused to pay a bill for food I consumed, I would presume I'd be arrested for it. I don't understand that aspect of this. Obviously if the guy had been arrested he wouldn't have been around to kill over it.

Posted by: red2million | June 11, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Oops...God forbid, not forbit!!! :)

Posted by: MzTina | June 11, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Only in PG County would you need an armed guard for a TGI Fridays. I think that says a lot in itself.

When they catch this animal I am sure it will be revealed that he has numerous felonies on his record. He will also have numerous second chances given to him by the liberal system that is set up to make the criminal into the victim and the victims the criminals.

Once again the blood of another innocent individual is on the hands of liberals.

Posted by: Pilot1 | June 11, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

The cop probably "disrespected" the customer, so, naturally, the customer had to go get a gun and kill him. I mean, he was disrespected! What else should he have done.

Posted by: JERRYB1 | June 11, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Devastating; this case reveals the extent of the problem we have in the County with individuals who think they cannot be stopped by law enforcement. I am impressed with the more "professional approach" our County Officer's are now displaying as they adapt to handling these egregious situations. It is important to our citizens and community that our Officers continue to be professional - That said put these violent criminals on notice they will be tracked until they are caught, no matter the cost.

Posted by: DZPost | June 11, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Once he's found just ensure he's dealt with on the scene. No need to drag this into the courts.

Posted by: askgees | June 11, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

This little punk is gonna mysteriously get hung in his prison cell once they catch him.

Book it!

Posted by: bhoang888 | June 11, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised none of you on here who usually have something bad to say about black men or as you like to call them "thugs, animal) didn't call Tropper Brown a "thug". Go back into your closet you closet racist.

Rest in Peace Trooper Wesley Brown

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 11, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I have lived in Forestville since 1982 and presently reside behind Forestville Mall since 1993. To say that all of the hardworking people who live in that area are "thugs and low-lives" is truly a distorted view point coming from someone who lives within a "BOX" crime accures in Chevy Chase, Potomac and Bethesa, MD. Thughs are everywhere.
I have been to my neighbor Applebees several times thru-out the years and have noticed that the patrons has changed. Some are loud, rude and act as if they have no home training.

I woke-up last night to helicopters flying above my home and hearing lots of sirens in the area. I said "Oh my God...something bad has happened for the helicopters to keep fying back and forth:

I was told this morning by one of my neighbors that several officers were still on our street and that a State trooper had been killed at the Applebees this morning.

How sad that this 25year man was killed over an unpaid bill.

I hope they catch this MURDERER and believe me...they will.

But please be fair with your accessments regarding my neighborhood. Most Crimes that are committed, usually comes from souless individuals....not hardworking, law-abidding citizens.
My prayers go out to Officer Brown's family.
Peace and Blessings

Posted by: Dahillzig | June 11, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

God bless Trooper Brown and his family. He was obviously a good man and a good cop. He actually went above the call of duty to serve his community. The jerk who killed this good man should suffer the same jail experience as Ronnie White. He might just want to put that gun in his mouth and pull the trigger right now.

Posted by: PepperDr | June 11, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

@cardiojohn,

you wrote:"for other government agencies I cant speak on that without seeing an inventory of every piece of equipment that local,state and federal workers are issued."

Everyone can see how full of BS your arguments are. You weren't asked to name EVERY government employee who could use government equipment for an outside job so you don't need to see EVERY piece of government euipment; you were asked to name ONE government employee who could. Still waiting for you to identify another government position that can leverage their job and taxpayer-funded outcome to earn extra income.

Posted by: alvint | June 11, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

See good businesses try to bring up ghetto areas and see this is what happens. When do you think you can go into a restaurant and eat and not pay? That's why certain places require you to pay for your meal first and I am pretty sure after this officer lost his life trying to work his off duty job I am sure Applebees with be requiring customers to do this from now on.

These dayum thugs mess it up for decent folks like me whom want to do the right thing and pay for our meals. I hope this will be one of those cases that this dude once found would want a shoot out and they light his triflin butt up!!

May this officers taken life not be in vain. Hoping they capture this rotten piece of crap soon!! Sending my Condolences to his family and friends.

Posted by: msruby36 | June 11, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope the chumps does the right thing and points the same gun at himself and pulls the trigger....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 11, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts and condolences go out to Trooper Brown's family. I hope the police find his murderer very soon. Thank you Trooper Brown for your many contributions to others.

Posted by: shewholives | June 11, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Find the animal and torture him for many years after giving him a fair trial.

Posted by: fury60 | June 11, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

RIP Trooper Wesley Brown

Posted by: jnorth3 | June 11, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

It's beteer to stay away/ avoid PG County & certin pard of DC.

Posted by: akhan4 | June 11, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

It's beteer to stay away/ avoid PG County & certin pard of DC.

Posted by: akhan4 | June 11, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Another senseless murder by another gutless coward wanna be gangsta.
Wow you sure showed him. Not even man enough to face him you ambush him.
To whomever pulled the trigger...GROW A SET!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | June 11, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

this is really sad, but it's one of the reasons why I left PG County to never, never return. Trooper Brown is a hero and the thug that killed him is a punk that will get his in jail!

Also, why is Applebees open that late during the week???

Posted by: Adrian5 | June 11, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the officer's family and friends. RIP, Trooper Brown!

Posted by: ntlekt | June 11, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Certainly we lost a good man in our community who tried to give back. He was murdered in cold blood by a coward who cared about nothing but his little pride being hurt. My sincerest prayers go out for this fallen trooper and his family. I also pray the authorities are able to get this coward off the streets as soon as possible.

A bit off the topic in regards to firearms: This is not so much about ‘the right to carry/bare arms’ because no amount of legislation will get guns out the hands of criminals. Black-markets have and will always exists every where in the world. You can obtain all kinds of firearms illegally off the streets for the right money. DC has banned hand guns for some time and yet daily shootings continue. (Even if both Maryland and Virginia followed suit to ban hand guns, I doubt it would make that much of a difference.)

The govt. would have to put most of these U.S. gun manufacturers out of business and/or limit sales only to Military and various Law Enforcement Agencies. We know that won’t happen because of how well protected the 2nd Amendment is, plus the revenue generated from public sales alone. (I honestly believe if the 2nd Amendment was removed we’d have a second U.S. Civil War on our hands.)

Let’s say if it did happen (firearms became illegal in the U.S., manufacturers were restricted in production and/or who they can sell to, etc.), the problem would be is that a lion share of the black market is left open for foreign gun manufacturers and illegal firearms dealers to exploit. Which I surmise would make a bad situation worst.

Look at the U.S. war on drugs for example. The U.S. is severely struggling to keep banned illegal drugs from entering the country because of the high demand. You can bet plenty of it is available in your neighborhood (you would be naïve to think it isn’t).

History will always be a great teacher from the lessons learned from the Prohibition Era in the U.S. (For the not-interested-in-history, the U.S. tried to ban alcohol which created more problems than it solved. Gangsters made millions through illegal sale of alcohol.) Lesson learned? Americans love their liquor and entrepreneurs will crawl out from under rocks to exploit that demand. Just like the drug cartels in Mexico and abroad are doing. If guns are totally banned in the U.S. there will be a huge population of angry-gun-loving Americans that is more than willing to fight our government for the 2nd Amendment, and a lucrative business for illegal arms dealers becomes more attractive. We already lost this war when our kids started showing up to schools with guns.

The problem and solution lies not with just cutting off ‘supply’, it’s dealing with the reality of ‘demand’.

Posted by: PrincePoP | June 11, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for your service. My condolences to your family and your fiance. We have lost another good man.

Posted by: NaedAtnab | June 11, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Certainly we lost a good man in our community who tried to give back. He was murdered in cold blood by a coward who cared about nothing but his little pride being hurt. My sincerest prayers go out for this fallen trooper and his family. I also pray the authorities are able to get this coward off the streets as soon as possible.

A bit off the topic in regards to firearms: This is not so much about ‘the right to carry/bare arms’ because no amount of legislation will get guns out the hands of criminals. Black-markets have and will always exists every where in the world. You can obtain all kinds of firearms illegally off the streets for the right money. DC has banned hand guns for some time and yet daily shootings continue. (Even if both Maryland and Virginia followed suit to ban hand guns, I doubt it would make that much of a difference.)

The govt. would have to put most of these U.S. gun manufacturers out of business and/or limit sales only to Military and various Law Enforcement Agencies. We know that won’t happen because of how well protected the 2nd Amendment is, plus the revenue generated from public sales alone. (I honestly believe if the 2nd Amendment was removed we’d have a second U.S. Civil War on our hands.)

Let’s say if it did happen (firearms became illegal in the U.S., manufacturers were restricted in production and/or who they can sell to, etc.), the problem would be is that a lion share of the black market is left open for foreign gun manufacturers and illegal firearms dealers to exploit. Which I surmise would make a bad situation worst.

Look at the U.S. war on drugs for example. The U.S. is severely struggling to keep banned illegal drugs from entering the country because of the high demand. You can bet plenty of it is available in your neighborhood (you would be naïve to think it isn’t).

History will always be a great teacher from the lessons learned from the Prohibition Era in the U.S. (For the not-interested-in-history, the U.S. tried to ban alcohol which created more problems than it solved. Gangsters made millions through illegal sale of alcohol.) Lesson learned? Americans love their liquor and entrepreneurs will crawl out from under rocks to exploit that demand. Just like the drug cartels in Mexico and abroad are doing. If guns are totally banned in the U.S. there will be a huge population of angry-gun-loving Americans that is more than willing to fight our government for the 2nd Amendment, and a lucrative business for illegal arms dealers becomes more attractive. We already lost this war when our kids started showing up to schools with guns.

The problem and solution lies not with just cutting off ‘supply’, it’s dealing with the reality of ‘demand’.

Posted by: PrincePoP | June 11, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

First, heartfelt condolences to Trooper Brown's family. I pray that God will comfort you, bless you with "peace" that surpasses all understanding. Trooper Brown RIP. We are proud of you and may your legacy live on. I'm certain the killer will be apprehended. It's only a matter of time before someone "rats him out" or the killer does something stupid to bring attention to himself. PG County is a great place to live. The majority of folk are hard, decent working people. Like anywhere else, there is crime, too. Crime prevails because of a lack of fundamental values and character. The first lessons for this should begin at home whether it's a single parent home or with both parents. We wonder why people find crime attractive? Check out their parent(s), their home life. It starts there. Then you can talk about their surroundings. Where you live does not dictate who you are or who you will become.. . whether you're from PG County, DC, VA or elsewhere. We can choose to be productive citizens of our communities or contribute to its downfall. Let's all pray that the killer will be captured quickly and that the Brown Family and his fiance know that Trooper Brown's life was not in vain.

Posted by: Sarah51 | June 11, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

My condolences to the family.

Posted by: HotChocolate | June 11, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This has nothing to do with race!!! This is ALL about disregard for authority and "feeling disrespected". Wonder if the killer would have shot anyone who says something he doesn't feel shows him "respect". I lived in Surrey Square and there are hard working folks in that community, but there are also the teens who are "duped" into thinking that being "hard" is a way of life. THAT IS THE PROBLEM!!! I am a 52 yr old man who grew up thinking being a tough guy was the way, but fortunately I learned that being a man of character was far more beneficial. RIP officer.

Posted by: cmann083@yahoo.com | June 11, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure the shooter came form a disadvantaged home and grew up poor and really we need more social programs to keep this from happening. Then again MD could use the death penalty.

Posted by: FLvet | June 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope someone at the Prince George's County Jail has the presence of mind to freshen the (hangin') sheets and otherwise prepare the Ronnie White Suite for this fatherless vermin. Let's save the taxpayers the cost of a trial and future incarceration.

Posted by: mckdarrenDC | June 11, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm still wondering why in the world an Applebee's needs a security guard. Isn't this "America's restaurant"? What kind of neighborhood is this?

Granted violent crime can occur anywhere, including here in my sheltered world of Bethesda. But for a family-oriented suburban restaurant like an Applebee's to need a security guard is just sad and speaks volumes about that community.

Posted by: RambleOn | June 11, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

My mom lives out in Temple Hills and I have been to that restaurant during the day. I understand TGIF is turning its restaurants into nightspots for an additional revenue stream during the recession. I think they need to think long and hard which locations they will have these night clubs. PG county inside the beltway is not one of those places. Sorry. Even members of the so called "upscale" crowd would kill you as soon as look you. Look what they've done to the Largo center.

Something is seriously wrong with the psyche of black America and pointing to the rare random violence in white communities does not help. We have a cancer in our community and it needs to be healed, period.

Posted by: cleancut77 | June 11, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

cmann083@yahoo.com: "This has nothing to do with race!!!"

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I guess you're also going to tell us the Easter Bunny is for real too.

Posted by: john_bruckner | June 11, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Upon hearing of this tragedy, I immediately thought of how heavy this Mother's heart must be and said a prayer for her and his family. A young man trying to earn an honest living and his life is cut short for nothing. This young trooper was a mentor and I only hope his foundation can continue in his memory - "Young Men Enlightening Younger Men", how beautiful. May God give this family comfort and solace and help them get through such a difficult time. [To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven, etc..Ecclesiastes 3]

Posted by: peterpan1 | June 11, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

RE: alvint
It's a shame a man died, but it's even worse that the Md police thinks his life is worth more than all of the other people killed in in the state this year. ......
In addition, the police should stop allowing cops to use their badge and gun to earn income in a second job. They don't let the highway maintenance crews run a landscape company on the side so why should police be treated better?
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First, as a society, we value place great value on the lives of police and firefighters because, for what amounts to a pittance, they are willing to run toward the gun shots, and fire, that most are running from. That is a noble state-of-mind and such persons are a priceless asset to our society.

All murders of innocents are tragic, and their families and friends are left to suffer the loss. When a cop or firefighter dies, in addition to family and friends, the entire community suffers a loss. It is rare to find people who are willing to lay it all on the line for strangers. People wo are willing to quash the flight instinct and face death as a routine part of their jobs.

As for the need for supplemental employment, it is near impossible to raise a family in DC. or many other urban areas, for the small wages they receive. Supplemental employment makes it possible for these individuals to serve.

My father, a former NYC firefighter, worked two outside jobs. It was these jobs that allowed him to work the job he loved, and put a roof over our heads and feed us. He would often come home from work stinking of smoke, and go right out to his other jobs. He ran into burning buildings and saved lives....sometimes the lives of those who purposely started the fires. He never asked for a pat on the back, a medal, or any recognition as it was his job.

That, is why the lives of police and firefighters are given such great value in our society. Although every profession has its worth, the community would not suffer the loss of a lawyer, accountant, or bricklayer, like the loss of its "first responders."

May Trooper Brown, his family, friends, fellow-troopers, and his community find peace in the darkness of this senseless act.

Posted by: alvint

Posted by: hsroth1 | June 11, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Rest in Peace Trooper Brown.

Prayers to your family during this difficult time as they've lost a treasure and community has lost another one its jewels.

May your postive spirit always shine through the youth that you've supported via the "Young Men Englightening Younger Men" mentoring program. One hopes the program will continue in honor of your legacy.

Posted by: TwoSons | June 11, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

perryneheum

They be killing in the trailer park too. And on the farm and apparently in the dorm rooms in college. Please dont try to limit killing to one group or class. Its soo predictable and boring.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 11, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

No doubt the assailant felt disrespected as he was ushered out of Applebee's. But based upon his behavior inside and outside of the establishment - how could anyone grant him one modicum of respect? You earn respect by your actions, and you instill fear based upon your savagery. The good thing is that somebody knows who he is, and he will be caught.

On another note. Why would anyone ever eat at a restaurant that requires off-duty cop security? Seem to be a red flag to me.

Posted by: maus92 | June 11, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

In Prince George's County, Md. [the new D.C], they be killin' good in th' neighbahood ...

Posted by: perryneheum |
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Just another normal day in "deep blue one-party" Prince Georges County that was used as an experiment by liberals in 1972 when they pushed through "forced busing" leading to the "white flight" and the current mess now.........

Good work liberals.........Let's merge Plantation Anacostia with Prince Georges County .........sad .........very sad indeed.

Posted by: ridgebtk | June 11, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

From the looks of it, Anacostia has already merged with PG County. The mentality surely is becoming one in the same.

Posted by: MzTina | June 11, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

john_bruckner

So when did one race or another corner the market on murder? Its only race related if you make it so. Let me ask you, last week when the mother cut the throats of her two daughters then called 911 to tell them she did it was that race related?

Posted by: ged0386 | June 11, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Wayne Lapierre! Another coward uses a gun to settle a score and an innocent young man dies. Way to go NRA!!! And save the BS about how people kill people, not guns.

Posted by: skins10 | June 11, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

My heartfelt sadness goes out Trooper Brown and his family. I have 3 Maryland State Troopers in my family and this can happen to anyone of us because of the actions of some senseless and heartless minded indivduals. We as the citizens of these United States need to do a better job as a people for others, to rise up to become more productive cizens. Apparently the offender is a coward, broke, disgusted, and embarassed because he was out preputrating a fraud; and could not afford to pay his bill. So, to show he is the "Man" he made a dreadful decision in taking that young man's life. RIP Trooper Brown, may GOD be with you and your family!

Posted by: happyjeri2 | June 11, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

A punk coward killed the trooper. A punk and coward. Whoever he is and wherever he is, he should seriously consider turning that gun on himself and blowing out what little brains he has left.

Posted by: demtse | June 11, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

ridgebtk

What a loser, yes lets use a mans killing to push our own self centered agendas regarding race and politics on an internet blog because not only am I a loser, I am a wuss because I can only express myself in the form of an anonymous blogger. If you have some balls say what you feel to a persons face what you say here. Dont grow balls on the internet. Whites love to get their redneck jones off on the internet. Then they get all offended when you call them racist.

Posted by: ged0386 | June 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

My heart felt condolences to this trooper and his family.

I was shocked too read this story just a few minutes ago. Especially considering I grew up a short distance away, and I used to play baseball near the scene of this tragic and senseless murder as a child growing up in District Heights in the 50's and 60's.

RIP Trooper Brown.

Posted by: george70-101 | June 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

hsroth1

if you truly think all cops become cops because of their altruism and love of society, you're being naive. More specifically, if you think all PG county cops are perfect and void of flaws, you're not just naive but also delusional.

Let's face facts: Cops get special treatment, from the little things like ignoring traffic laws, to free donuts and other meals at many establishments, to taking advantage of their government provided equipment, to bigger things like free reign to beat and kill anyone who crosses their path and as is the case here, better police investigations of crimes committed against them. My contention is that there should not be an exception to the Declaration of Independence's statement that "all men are created equal"; unfortunately, once you get a badge, that statement is no longer applicable.

Posted by: alvint | June 11, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

RE: skins10
Thanks Wayne Lapierre! Another coward uses a gun to settle a score and an innocent young man dies. Way to go NRA!!! And save the BS about how people kill people, not guns.
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Lets not politicise this trajedy. Ok? We all got it: your are an intelligent seer with an air of unearned self-entitlement and righteous indignation. You are intelligent, your are intelligent, ok? Now, go away please.


Posted by: hsroth1 | June 11, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Pee Gee Count E

Sad to see such a young man die because some punk got "dissed". What is this world coming to when someone boldly off's a cop?

Posted by: BO_____Stinks | June 11, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

RE: alvint

hsroth1

if you truly think all cops become cops because of their altruism and love of society, you're being naive. More specifically, if you think all PG county cops are perfect and void of flaws, you're not just naive but also delusional.

Let's face facts: Cops get special treatment, from the little things like ignoring traffic laws, to free donuts and other meals at many establishments, to taking advantage of their government provided equipment, to bigger things like free reign to beat and kill anyone who crosses their path and as is the case here, better police investigations of crimes committed against them. My contention is that there should not be an exception to the Declaration of Independence's statement that "all men are created equal"; unfortunately, once you get a badge, that statement is no longer applicable.
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Far from naive, and well aware of what you speak of. Of course, there are those that abuse their powers. However, what you describe can be attributed to a minority, not the majority. The point of my post is not, however, that police and firefighters should be exempt from the rule of law, but that those that are "first in and last out" of situations most are running from have a great value to our society.

It seems to me that your opinions are based on Law & Order episodes, and media depictions. For every video of copes acting improperly in the media, there are 100,000 videos of them serving their communtiies honorably that are ignored. Both growing up, and in my current position, I have been immersed in the world of law enforcement. I have faith in the ethics, altruism, and morals of 99% of first responders.

In the end, you are entitled to your feelings and opinions. What you should keep in mind, though, is that even if you hate and distrust them, they will be there for you if you need them.

Posted by: hsroth1 | June 11, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

To: ALVINT, You are on the money. I feel sorry for Trooper Brown. And my sympathy goes out to his family..

To: Mz TINA, you a dam idiot, or a white trying to act like you're black or both. Only F'ing animal in here is YOU.

ALVINT, I agree with you 100%. No reflection on Trooper Brown, but once these cops get a gun, they stop you for the minor offense searching for drugs. they kill, beat, rob, and will treat you like a dog. However, the white cops in many cases will let a white person go. Then arrest a black, knowing that it's going to put him or her in the system. Go to any court house in America and what do you see; 99% blacks/Hispanics and 1% whites. Do any person in their right dam mine believe blacks are more prone to crime than whites? If you do, you are a dam moron. I saw white cops beating a old black lady that could have been my grandmother. She must have been at least 65 years of age. Had her in hand cuffs like a common criminal. How many times have anyone of you seen an old white woman or man in hand cuffs. Rarely if ever, I bet. You let them start treating whites the same way and I guarantee you, they will be looking for another job. The black cops are cowards. They treat their fellow black like dogs to keep a job. And they all will kill you in a heart beat. Why? because they know that the almost ALL WHITE jury is going to set them free; time and time again. wake up Black America.

Posted by: FightRacism | June 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

@FightRacism...okay, LMAO!!!!

Posted by: MzTina | June 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

FightRacism:

Are you for real?

Posted by: hsroth1 | June 11, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

OK, now in addition to not being able to attend a movie in PG County because of all the unruly knuckleheads in the audience, now you can't eat at a decent (yea, I know it's an Applebee's) restaurant because of unruly diners? The culture of PG is whacked.

Posted by: maus92 | June 11, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The good thing is they'll find this guy. It's not rocket science. He was in Applebees, and most likely with others who know him. I'm sure they will be forthcoming given his crime. Right?

Posted by: martintomsal | June 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Police level of investigative effort:

- Cop kills civilian: zero/token

- Civilian kills civilian: minimal/moderate

- Civilian kills cop: maximal

This is the antithesis of an altruistic "public service" ethos. It is gang-like tribal behavior. It's like a hospital dispatching a larger ambulance response when it's a doctor that has a heart attack.

Any death is a tragedy. Every death deserves justice. Calibrating the police response depending on whether the victim was "one of us" or "one of them" is just plain wrong.

Posted by: kcx7 | June 11, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

skins10,
Maybe in Disneyland if you make owning weapons illegal would criminals not have them but we don't live there.
Remember prohibition? Alcohol was illegal but people still found a way to buy it.
This isn't the NRA's fault. This is the criminal's fault.
The officer was working a second job...certainly nothing illegal or unethical about that. Some lame wanna be thug has a score to settle and uses his illegally purchased weapon to ambush and kill an innocent man. Explain to me how that is the NRA's fault?
And spare us all the "its society's fault" BS. Idiots are just idiots...to nobody's surprise the suspect is an "African American male". Is that the NRA's fault too? Why don't caucasian males seem to shoot people randomly with the same frequency?
Quit blaming everyone else for the pervasive problem in the black community. Black on black violence is far more of a issue than discrimination from whites.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | June 11, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

RE:Posted by: k
Police level of investigative effort:
- Cop kills civilian: zero/token
- Civilian kills civilian: minimal/moderate
- Civilian kills cop: maximal
This is the antithesis of an altruistic "public service" ethos. It is gang-like tribal behavior.........
Any death is a tragedy. Every death deserves justice. Calibrating the police response depending on whether the victim was "one of us" or "one of them" is just plain wrong.

*************
What do you base your conclusions on?

Posted by: hsroth1 | June 11, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Wesley was one of the good ones. A "Real" brother who wanted to make a differencein his life and the lives of the community. He started his own Non-Profit Organization to reach under privilegded youth; all this by 24 years of age! He was a great guy a good person a real person with family and friends that loved him and needed him. Wesley more than a badge, he was a great guy!

Posted by: robin_lashawn | June 11, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Many posters here hate and distrust law enforcement, and need a reality check on their prejudices. I recommend that you spend some time where law enforcement, provided with the skill and professionalism present in the US, is non-existent (Somalia). Or, where it is truly corrupt (Mexico, former Soviet Republics....)

Posted by: hsroth1 | June 11, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Since 1990 10,263 murders have occured in the State of Maryland. 5,646 in Baltimore City, leaving 4,716 murders in the rest of the State. Of those 2,311 were committed in Prince George's County almost half.

Posted by: PG1419 | June 11, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Imagine this punks reaction when he learned he had killed a cop.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 11, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

hsroth1 is right -- there are good and bad in every profession. Don't get me started on politicians, lawyers or doctors! True, there are some police officers with anger and morality issues. But for every one of those there are thousands more who do their job with diligence and integrity; their main goal is to get home alive at the end of their shift. Unfortunately you rarely hear of those. It's unfortunate the perp in this case had no respect for authority. It's also understandable the police who search for and ultimately find him will be a little more hostile because he killed one of their own. Police and firefighters are very fraternalistic about protecting their own. So for every one of you out there criticizing 'All Police Officers' -- I'd bet a month's salary you couldn't go out there and to their jobs. So put up or shut up. PG County is just the spillover crowd from NE and SE DC.

RIP Trooper Brown.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | June 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Prince George's County? Murder of a cop? Gee, Shocker! Hey guys, it's South East D.C. extended. Too bad for the cop, but mostly, it's the bad guys killing other bad guys. Where's the downside here? If DC and P.G. County don't want to "warehouse" their criminal young men, this is the price they pay. Lots of crime, lots of murders, robberies, rapes, drugs, you name it.

It's the age of Rap music indoctrination. Citizens of this region celebrate the murder and mayhem in rap, and the Post never has anything to say about the culture that spawns this madness. And NOW they print an article that states, basically, "Tragic"? Shocker.

The residents of DC and P.G. County have sewn the seeds of theirs and their children's destruction with tolerance for bad guys. Ya made your culture and your bed just like you want it. Now sleep with it.

Posted by: JamesChristian | June 11, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

fightracism, some of what you say is true. most crime suspects are black, because more blacks commit crimes than all other races. it's a fact. prisons are full of people, and in most of them blacks make up the biggest percentage. 99% of them are guilty of what they were convicted of, just like 99% of everyone who is in there. quit whining and crying about how oppressed and picked on. if the thugs didn't live that lifestyle and commit crimes they wouldn't have anything to whine about. fact is most of them prefer that life. go live in a prison for six months. see how depressed the homeboys in there are. they're doing the same thing in there they did on the street. hanging with other thugs and perpetrating crimes. quit whining because you're black. Clarence Thomas is black. the president of the USA is black. life is what you make it and you get back what you put in. I've got not one racial bone in my body, don't usually even pay attention to it. people are people and animals are animals regardless of skin color. but i must say I get sick to death of blacks playing the race card the second something doesn't go their way, and this double standard in our society also sickens me. I can't watch a black standup comedian without hearing "white folks" jokes, but whites aren't allowed to make black folks jokes, because your anecstors were slaves. how long ya'll going to milk that? or better yet, how long are the rest of us going to let you get away with it. moron.

Posted by: red2million | June 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Great comment, Dahillzig! I hope more people take your advice to heart! Whether Domestic or International, about age or level of education, sweeping stereotypes are never accurate.

...............

But please be fair with your accessments regarding my neighborhood. Most Crimes that are committed, usually comes from souless individuals....not hardworking, law-abidding citizens.
My prayers go out to Officer Brown's family.
Peace and Blessings

Posted by: kolya02 | June 11, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

If he was off-duty and moonlighting as a security guard, then why was he wearing a POLICE jacket and driving his marked car for personal use?

Either way, it's sad that an officer died, and I hope they catch and fry/shoot the criminal....

Posted by: WildBill1


You need to wake up and pay attention. Almost all local departments allow their officers to take their police cars home and use them off-duty. It is a deterent to crime and officers who are off-duty sometimes answer as many calls as on-duty officers.

Departments also allow officers to work in uniform (this trooper was not in uniform) as long as the employer is paying the required taxes, etc. Better to have an officer there all night then constant calls to the same establishment all night long.

Posted by: MKadyman | June 11, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

To Red2million, you are a dam idiot. You should take your red neck some place else. Like maybe down to Texas or Mississippi. Yes, Clarence Thomas is black, and one of the biggest UNCLE TOMS that walked the earth. Affirmative action got him into law school. But now that he has married a white conservative, he forgot where he came from. He would vote to put his own mother in jail. For some strange reason, he wants to believe he is accepted by you. But little does he know, behind his back that you all have some choice words for him. Yes the majority of blacks are in prison: who are the majority that make the arrests, the white majority decides which cases go to trial or not, who prosecute the cases, and what majority of people sit on juries, what majority that use to wear white sheets now wear black robes. There are your answers. Only an idiot would try and make it anything different than it is....Incarcerating Blacks/Hispanics is not by happenstance....it is a business. Not only is justice blind, so are you.

There is but one reason white crime does not show up on the stats, because your white cops, DA's, prosecutors, and judges allow you to literly get away with murder.

God says...THE TRUTH IS THE LIGHT....

Trooper Brown...RIP, and may god give your family the comfort to get through tragic ordeal.

Posted by: FightRacism | June 11, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I have to admit, and this is why I love America and will die for her, that we get to find the creep that KILLED a man over NOTHING.

We get to find him and LOCK HIM IN A CAGE like all the other animals that can't be controlled are.

Sorry, but this is ridiculous and this is how I feel.

Prayers to his fiance.

Posted by: Capsheaf | June 11, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

FightRacism said...

...Yes the majority of blacks are in prison: who are the majority that make the arrests, the white majority decides which cases go to trial or not, who prosecute the cases, and what majority of people sit on juries, what majority that use to wear white sheets now wear black robes. There are your answers. Only an idiot would try and make it anything different than it is....Incarcerating Blacks/Hispanics is not by happenstance....it is a business. Not only is justice blind, so are you.

There is but one reason white crime does not show up on the stats, because your white cops, DA's, prosecutors, and judges allow you to literly get away with murder.
------------------------------------------

So, I guess Jack Johnson, Wayne Curry and Eric Holder just to name a few prosecutors don't put white people on trial in their jurisdictions? I work in law enforcement in DC and I see plenty of black judges, and black prosecutors trying whites, blacks and hispanics for committing crimes and getting arrested for a wide variety of things. If recollection serves, DC's black population is around 60 or 65%. If that is fairly accurate, it is possible a higher percentage of crime will be committed by suspects who are black. Statistically there is a larger percentage of their group within DC than any other. That by no means says nobody else of the other races doesn't commit crimes. All races commit DWI/DUI, homicide, domestic assaults, No Permits, etc.

Posted by: robostop10 | June 11, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

This is a crime that the death penalty was designed for.

Posted by: 12oreo | June 11, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

This is a crime that the death penalty was designed for.

Posted by: 12oreo | June 11, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

On second thought, what kind of restaurant needs to hire off-duty troopers for security? That fact right there would deter me from eating at that restaurant.

Posted by: Baltimore11 | June 11, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Baltimore, it's obvious you don't patron upscale areas, where, not only do off duty police work security in restaurants, but I've seen them at the AT&T store.

Posted by: nojunk4me | June 11, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

RE:Posted by: k
Police level of investigative effort:
- Cop kills civilian: zero/token
- Civilian kills civilian: minimal/moderate
- Civilian kills cop: maximal
This is the antithesis of an altruistic "public service" ethos. It is gang-like tribal behavior.........
Any death is a tragedy. Every death deserves justice. Calibrating the police response depending on whether the victim was "one of us" or "one of them" is just plain wrong.

*************
What do you base your conclusions on?

Posted by: hsroth1 | June 11, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

If some p.o.s. kills a cop without any hesitation, then this F needs to be caught asap. B/c he will not hesitate to shoot your momma and dadda in the face for no reason... think about that.

Posted by: bhoang888 | June 11, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Bleeding hearts once again...

We all know that there's quite a bit of unjustice in the justice system...drug conviction sentences are usually harsher on minorities, minorities may be hunted down and treated more harshly when they victimize someone of the caucasion persuasion, etc. All of that may be known. However, if you didn't commit the crime, you wouldn't have to worry about facing the injustices of the justice system. These little knuckleheads wouldn't have to worry about getting a 5-year sentence for weed vs. their white counterpart getting probation if they didn't have the weed on them. They wouldn't have to worry about getting a 10-year sentence for trafficking crack cocaine while their white counterpart gets 3 years for trafficking meth if they didn't participate in the drug activity in the first place. Look at SELF and choose a better way, this is what should be enraging us all. Not that whites may get lesser sentences than our black people. Why are they committing these crimes in the first place? Oh, I guess it's still the white man's fault, huh? Like this guy that killed this state trooper didn't know right from wrong. Give me a break. Black people are the FIRST ones to make a situation about race and it's getting really old...to the point of not being taken seriously anymore. There are plenty of black people from the slums and ghettos that made better for themselves. Wanna know why? They wanted better for themselves and their families. Like someone said earlier, these thugs are happy with their supbar, gutter, ghetto lives so this is what they do. Be prepared to suffer the consequences and I, for one, do not have any sympathy for them.

Posted by: MzTina | June 11, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse


MY PROBLEM WITH THIS ARTICLE IS, ITS NOT GETTING A PROMINENT HEADLINE IN WAPO!!! THIS SHOULD BE A LEAD STORY!! INSTEAD OF ARTICLES ABOUT THE DYSFUNCTIONAL POLITICS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, THIS STORY IN MORE IMPORTANT FOR LOCAL CITIZENS!!! IF THIS TROOPER WERE WHITE, THIS WOULD BE THE LEAD STORY!!!


Posted by: demtse | June 11, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

RIP Trooper Brown. I hope they catch that POS and administer the harshest justice possible. Good young man just trying to do his job - and some low life scum bag just snuffed it out like a coward. Makes me sick that an evil POS like this killer is walking among us.

Posted by: bolt55 | June 11, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

all the jackholes posting racist garbage on here need to seriously get a life. WTF is your problem? A good man died because of a low life loser - who cares what color the perp was - bad/good people come in all colors so enough with the ignorant hate. Get a heart and show some respect for the Brown family.

Posted by: bolt55 | June 11, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama's America, O'Malley's Maryland. Had enough of Leftists, yet?

Posted by: wewintheylose | June 11, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The person that did this deserves the death penalty. People in MD should demand that cases like warrant the death penalty.

Posted by: almelbe | June 11, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

PG county an Afrotopia.

Posted by: SSTK34 | June 11, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

This stuff makes you so horrifically angry. I hope they catch this thug and put him in prison for life, no parole allowed!!!

Posted by: Playitagainsam | June 11, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

I read one comment that said this kind of thing does not happen...did you forget about the thugs that stole the black Lexus from the DC cop last week and left him shot up when they dragged him out of it?

When you live in denial...and refuse to accept the truth as the rest of society has seen it over and over again the bodies just start stacking up. Its the same mind set of "don't snitch". Then when the bullet goes through your window and kills your kid...now its time for justice?
The new street term should be; treat a thug like a bug.

Posted by: freeparking | June 11, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

My prayers go out to the officer and his family. I lost a friend in a related accident and to lose someone with unnecessary violence is the hardest thing to let go and heal from.

Posted by: gurldatssweet | June 11, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Start throwing these black thugs in jail before they commit crimes and the problem will be solved. The fact that Applebee's in that area needs security on a thursday night says it all.

Posted by: fpwp | June 12, 2010 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow!! first off, this is the first time I have read the washington post. I read this article and thought about the young man who lost his life and of the family and friends he left behind. Then... I read the comments. I now understand why this country is in the shape its in, It seems like a LOT of people have taken this story and used it as an opportunity to spread thier political views or their hatred. Both black and white. We are supposed to be a country UNdivided, but it does not appear that way......R.I.P Trooper Brown

Posted by: tlond | June 13, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

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