Prince George's police shoot, kill a man in standoff
Prince George’s County police shot and killed a man Thursday night inside a Fort Washington home, after an hours-long standoff in which a man with a shotgun reportedly fired at them.
Fire department personnel were called to the home in the 6700 block of Coolridge Road about 2 p.m., after receiving a report of an unconscious person inside a nearby car, said Cpl. Larry Johnson, a police spokesman. Fire officials found that the person, a man, was dead and called police, Johnson said. The cause of the man’s death had not been determined last night.
When police arrived, a neighbor told officers that a person inside a nearby home might have information about the death, Johnson said. When officers knocked at the door, they found a man holding a shotgun inside his mouth.
Officers called for back-up, and a SWAT team was sent to the scene about 5 p.m.
Police negotiators tried for hours to talk with the man and persuade him to drop his weapon, without success.
At some point, Johnson said, the man fired at police. It was not clear whether they were inside the home then, but they did enter and later opened fire and killed the man about 9:30 p.m., Johnson said.
Police declined to comment further late Thursday night, and would not say why they withheld details of the barricade for hours.
-- Clarence Williams
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