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Posted at 11:15 PM ET, 02/11/2010

Prince George's police shoot, kill a man in standoff

By Erica Johnston

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

By Erica Johnston  | February 11, 2010; 11:15 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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The mean old police. I don't trust them. Everything they do is wrong. I trust the citizens of the District a LOT more than I do the police.

Posted by: uncivil | February 12, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

This one seems, from the initial reports at least, like a pretty clear case of "suicide by cop"---also known as SBC. But most cass of SBC are not at all obvious or clear, even in hindsight. And those predisposed to criticizing police (as is happening this week in NoVa where a psychotic man pulled a (fake) pistol on officers and got shot for it, leading to his family turning on police)---well these SBC incidents are easily inflamed or exploited to create a communications catastrophe for police. And SBC in PG County quickly takes on racial overtones, as does almost everything in PG County.

So consider how officers and their families feel when people point and fire guns at them in a spineless effort to precipitate their own death by police gunfire without even taking credit for it.

Most often, the victims here are police and the truth. Thankfully, for once, the facts seem evident here.

If grieving family members are hellbent on issuing blame, then blame the family member who picked up the gun in the first place, with little apparent regard for anyone, including their own family.

And be thankful no one else died.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | February 12, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

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