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Posted at 1:33 PM ET, 08/19/2010

Pr. Geo.'s police search for armed suspect

By Washington Post editors

Prince George’s police have launched an extensive search of the Bladensburg-Edmonston area Thursday after one of two suspects in a home invasion apparently fired at an officer trying to stop him, authorities said.

The incident began about 11:20 a.m. when a woman called 911 to report an armed male had entered her home in the 4900 block of 56th Avenue and demanded money, said Cpl. Erica Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Prince George’s County Police Department. The woman, who was apparently able to run out of the house, told dispatchers she heard shots being fired inside, but no one was hit, Johnson said.

Police issued a lookout for a dark-colored SUV believed to be connected to the incident, and just after noon an officer spotted the vehicle and began to follow it, Johnson said. Someone in the vehicle fired at the officer, but no one was struck, Johnson said. The officer, she said, did not return fire.

Police have called out canine units and a helicopter to search for the SUV, which they believe is occupied by two men in their 20s, Johnson said. She said she was working to confirm other information about the vehicle, including its make, model and license plate number.

Updates will be provided as they become available.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Washington Post editors  | August 19, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
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