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Posted at 3:06 PM ET, 03/ 7/2011

Pr. George's police shoot, kill man

By Matt Zapotosky

UPDATE:

Prince George’s County police officers shot and killed a man who they say was threatening residents with a handgun in a Landover neighborhood near FedEx Field Monday, police said.

Authorities said the man, who police are working to identify, pointed the gun at a teenage boy as he walked up down the 1800 block of Ray Leonard Road. At least three residents called to report that the man was acting strangely.

Officers found the man and told him to drop his weapon, authorities said. When he “brandished” the gun toward them, four officers opened fire, said Capt. Misty Mints, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman.

It is unclear how many shots were fired or how many times the man was struck. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Staff researcher Jennifer Jenkins contributed to this report.

Pr. George's police shoot man with gun
3:06 p.m.
Prince George's County police officers shot a man who was "displaying his handgun" to residents in the Landover area Monday afternoon, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 2:30 pm in the 1800 block of Ray Leonard Road, a dead-end street in a neighborhood that sits in the shadow of Fed Ex Field. Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a Prince George's County police spokesman, said a resident called to report a man displaying a handgun, and officers arrived on the scene in less than a minute.

Those officers "engaged the suspect," who brandished a handgun, prompting the officers to open fire, Rodriguez said.

The suspect was struck at least once and transported to a hospital, Rodriguez said. His condition was not immediately known.

The shooting is the second involving Prince George's County police officers in four days. On Friday, an officer shot and wounded a man who police say was backing a car in his direction.


Officer-involved shooting in Landover
3:06 p.m.
Prince George's County police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the Landover area.

The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. in the 1800 block of Ray Leonard Road, near Fed Ex Field, said Cpl. Erica Johnson, a Prince George's police spokeswoman. Johnson said officers were dispatched for a report of a man with a gun. When they found the man, shots were fired.

Johnson said it was not immediately clear who fired and who was struck.

A law enforcement source said, however, that the suspect was shot by police.

The shooting is the second police-involved shooting in Prince George's in just four days.

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By Matt Zapotosky  | March 7, 2011; 3:06 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

What's up with all the shootings and murders in PG?

Posted by: priveye | March 7, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Idiot perps waving handguns at cops. What do they think is gonna happen? The cops don't wanna see the Xmas present that you got from your mommy. Time for you to say hello to Satan!

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 7, 2011 4:14 PM | Report abuse

PG ain't the place to be. But don't move to Fairfax County. Thank you for your cooperation.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 7, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

PG County is where a lot of cop haters live. The kind that like to shoot at cops.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 7, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

"Idiot perps waving handguns at cops. What do they think is gonna happen? The cops don't wanna see the Xmas present that you got from your mommy. Time for you to say hello to Satan!"

American citizens have a constitutional right to have a firearm in their hands in plain sight without getting shot by the police.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 7, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

...the basic problem here is that someone called 911 to report a man "displaying" a handgun and the assumption made by many if not all is that he was a criminal or some crazy person. If he was crazy it was for thinking that he could execute his constitutional right to keep and bear arms in PG county without getting shot by the cops, and having the cops get commendations for shooting him.

Was he 'brandishing" his weapon"? Possibly. Was he "threatening" someone with it? If so, merely by having one in the first place. And that is what makes the 2nd amendment if not the entire Bill of Rights a joke, because one can always say that whatever is happening, whatever is being said, is a "threat" to someone, and thus illegal, immoral, unethical and worthy of prosecution.

As long as it's ok for the police to race to a scene within a minute of a call and shoot someone down for executing their constitutional rights? We have no "constitutional rights". We're just here for target-practice.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 7, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

You have it in your hand to do what exactly?

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 7, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 7, 2011 4:53 PM

Are you stupid or just acting that way?

Posted by: curiousGeorge4 | March 7, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Think about the title of this piece-

'Pr. George's police shoot man with gun'

What else would the Police shoot him with?

How about a less ambiguous title like-

'Man holding gun shot by police!'

There you have it Matt Zapotosky, you English 101 writing lesson of the day.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | March 7, 2011 5:35 PM | Report abuse

American citizens have a constitutional right to have a firearm in their hands in plain sight without getting shot by the police.

Posted by: tokenwhitemale
* * *
Wow, I must have missed that part in my Constitutional Law class. Luckily for you, tokenwhitemale, you have a Constitutionally-protected right to remain a total idiot.

Posted by: 7900rmc | March 7, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"Wow, I must have missed that part in my Constitutional Law class. Luckily for you, tokenwhitemale, you have a Constitutionally-protected right to remain a total idiot."

What does "you have the right to keep and bear arms" mean if you can't have a gun in plain sight without getting shot by the cops?

Did you learn the answer to that in your Constitutional law class?

Posted by: tokenwhitemale | March 7, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

That was probably the Mayor of Landover..C'mon black folk, get your act together.

Posted by: wewinyoulose1 | March 7, 2011 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Matt,

Thank you for changing the title. It looks fantastic.

Posted by: NyallsStJohnSmytheIV | March 7, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

time for aclu to jump on this. scumbags rights were violated.

Posted by: pofinpa | March 8, 2011 8:35 AM | Report abuse

After the officers ordered the suspect to drop the weapon, the subject then pointed his weapon at the officers. What would have you done? The officers did did not violate his constitutional rights! Your an IDIOT!!!

Posted by: TaraRich | March 8, 2011 9:24 AM | Report abuse

@tokenwhitemale - Please tell me you don't own any firearms! someone as dense as you should not have even a butter knife in your possession! And I am a conservative, NRA member.

Posted by: PZ007 | March 8, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

We're the only country in the world that places such a premium on "gun rights."

You don't wave your gun at police. What part of that don't you understand? Are the police supposed to read your mind & determine whether you're a threat or not?
How do they know what you're gonna do next?
Are you drunk or on meth/coke/PCP?

I'd feel safer if these jokers would keep their guns inside their house instead of walking around like it's the Wild West.

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 8, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"Don't pay any attention to me, officer. I'm just holding this double pump shotgun coz it makes me feel powerful & secure. Go about your business. Put it away did you say? Oh no. Sorry. That would be a violation of my Second Amendment rights. Don't move! I got Wayne LaPierre on speed dial!"

Posted by: TaxiDriver | March 8, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

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