LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — The driver of a dump truck that rammed into two Prince George’s County police cruisers has been indicted for attempted murder of two police officers and other related charges.
The office of the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced the indictment Wednesday.
Gene Thomas Brandon, Jr., 31, was indicted on two counts of attempted first- and second-degree murder, two counts of first and second degree assault and two counts of malicious destruction of property.
On Jan. 7, Officers Jeffrey Brag and Rodney Lauchman were standing between their parked cruisers at Woodmore Towne Center when Brandon pulled up to them in a 2007 GMC dump truck and said that the officers had killed his brother. Officials say the officers responded that they did not kill his brother and that he needed to move his vehicle because he was blocking traffic.
Brandon stated again that the officers killed his brother and the officers again asked him to move his vehicle because he was blocking traffic and told him to have a nice day. Officials say after telling the officers that they were about to have a nice day, Brandon turned around in a nearby parking lot and accelerated, at a high rate of speed, towards the officers.
The officers ran into a nearby field to prevent being struck by the dump truck. Brandon then struck Lauchman’s cruiser with the dump truck and drove up onto its trunk, which pushed Lauchman’s cruiser into Bragg’s cruiser.
Brandon continued driving approximately 100 feet into the intersection continually pushing the cruiser. After stopping his truck, Brandon got out and approached the officers in the field where they were able to take him into custody without further incident.
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