Prince George’s Police Chief Addresses Violent Weekend
UPDATED: Aug. 18, 2014 7:30 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw held a news conference Monday to discuss a rash of violence the county has seen in recent days.
On Friday, officers found two women and a man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds in a home in the 1500 block of Addison Road South in District Heights.
One of the women was pronounced dead on the scene. The surviving man and woman were taken to area hospitals where they both died a short time later.
The suspect has been identified as 45-year-old Leroy Johnson, Jr., of Iverson Street in Oxon Hill. The victims are identified as 42-year-old Zonita Monia Roberts, of Smyrna, Georgia, and 43-year-old Angela Lynette Johnson, also of Iverson Street. The suspect is Angela Johnson’s recently estranged husband.
Detectives believe the shootings were domestic in nature. A preliminary investigation suggests the man shot both women before turning the weapon on himself.
Another domestic shooting spurred a short police pursuit on Saturday. Officers responded to the 4200 block of Farmer Place in Camp Springs, just before 1 p.m. Saturday and found two adults suffering from gunshot wounds.
While on the scene, they saw and began pursuing a car driven by the suspect, Frederick Roy Miller, 38, of the 8000 block of Allandale Drive in Landover.
When the suspect reached the intersection of Beech Road and Branch Avenue, his car lost a wheel and he stopped. Police say he started firing at the pursuing officers, who then began exchanging fire with Miller. He was shot and killed during that encounter.
A three-year old girl, believed to be Miller’s daughter, was then found inside the car suffering from trauma to the upper body. She was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. Based on the initial reports from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, it appears that Miller had both stabbed and shot her.
Miller’s other victims, later identified as the girl’s maternal grandfather and great grandmother, are in critical condition.
All six of the officers involved in the encounter with Miller, five PGPD officers and one Maryland State Police officer, are on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
On Monday morning, PGPD officers responded to the 6800 block of W. Forest Road in Landover, where a woman was found dead in her home.