UPDATED: June 9, 2015 5:59 p.m.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Two suspects are injured after a Prince George’s County Police officer opened fire in the parking lot outside a Giant grocery store.
Police say the incident at Pennsylvania Avenue and Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro began with a stolen car in Baltimore.
On Tuesday around 10:45 a.m., officers responded to the Marlboro Crossroads shopping center in the 5700 block of Crain Highway for the report of an officer-involved shooting.
The preliminary investigation reveals two members of the Washington Area Vehicle Enforcement (WAVE) Team, who are detectives with the Prince George’s County Police Department, were in the area when they spotted a stolen Ford Mustang.
Black mustang just beyond the sign, was the suspects stolen car & police involved shooting in Upper Marlboro pic.twitter.com/q4agBbIT5U— JimMacKayOnAir (@JimMacKayOnAir) June 9, 2015
The Baltimore Police Department had alerted Prince George’s Count officers that the car had been stolen from their jurisdiction. Police say a detective approached the car that had two armed suspects inside.
A witness reported hearing the officer ordering a suspect not to touch the weapon. Fearing for his life and for those around them, police say the officer fired his service weapon, striking both suspects.
It’s believed the suspects were planning a bank robbery, WNEW’s Jim MacKay reports.
Both suspects were taken to a local hospital where one is being treated for a superficial wound and the other is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
No officers were injured.
Police have recovered at least one handgun at the scene.
One of two firearms recovered from the two armed suspects at officer-involved shooting scene. pic.twitter.com/peG9UhzFS8— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) June 9, 2015
The officer who discharged his duty weapon is a four-year veteran of the Prince George’s County Police Department who came to the agency from a neighboring law enforcement agency where he had worked for 12 years. He has been placed on routine, administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) at (301)772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS(8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com to submit a tip online.
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