driver in custody after exchanging gunfire with officer in anham
Police in Prince George's County, Maryland, have detained a motorist who they claim shot at an officer on Monday morning before escaping.
Approximately 8:40 on Monday morning, a 911 call was made regarding a suspicious car on Lanham's Hickory Hill Avenue, according to police chief Malik Aziz.
At a news conference later that day, Aziz stated, "The caller informed that the car's horn had been sounding for about two hours." "During their conversation with the motorist, the two responding police saw the driver was carrying a pistol."
A law enforcement source said that the driver reached for the pistol while interacting with the authorities. The suspect's gun was discharged at least once before police were able to take possession of it, despite the officer's best efforts to stop them. Both police officers were unharmed.
Aziz said that one of the policemen discharged a duty weapon during the battle, but it's unclear if the suspect was struck before escaping in his car and police lost track of it. The driver had left his pistol behind.
Just after 5 o'clock in the evening, the Prince George's County Police Department announced that the car had been found and its driver had been arrested. Aziz had earlier stated that the suspect was thought to have been driving a four-door black car and that police were conducting a "active search" for it.
Detectives are attempting to ascertain the suspect's activities in the vicinity.
Aziz stated, "We are in the early phases of this inquiry and we are aware that there are a number of unanswered concerns concerning this situation. We also want to know the answers to those questions, so we're going to look into it thoroughly.