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Police finish probe of officer in shootings

Prince George’s County police have completed their investigation into the shooting of two furniture-delivery men by a county police officer, Chief Melvin C. High said yesterday.

Chief High would not say what evidence his department forwarded to the county State’s Attorney’s Office, citing the ongoing legal case that includes a grand jury probe into the January incident. But the chief did say it had shed light the case.

“The evidence is clear and convincing, but I won’t say where the evidence goes,” Chief High told reporters.

Cpl. Keith Washington fatally shot Brandon Clark, 22, and wounded Robert White, 36, at his home in Accokeek on Jan. 24. Cpl. Washington has said the men attacked him when he found them in a part of his house where they didn’t belong. Mr. White, who testified Tuesday in front of the grand jury, said in an earlier statement to police that the attack was unprovoked.

Cpl. Washington, who was the county’s homeland security officer, already faces charges that he brandished a gun at a real estate appraiser who mistakenly knocked on his door in April.

Chief High also said police have not finished their probe of a May 30 fatal accident on the Capital Beltway that occurred during a police chase of a speeding motorcycle. Authorities are trying to determine whether the officer was at fault for the chase that ended with a multivehicle crash that killed two men and injured 15 persons. The motorcycle driver got away.

Chief High said the results of that probe also will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office.


Today’s the day for counting dolphins

The National Aquarium in Baltimore will lead Maryland’s annual dolphin count today.

Aquarium staff and volunteers will be stationed along the 26 miles of Maryland’s Atlantic Ocean coast. As dolphins pass by, they will be recorded on a tally sheet. Volunteers allow the aquarium to have more counting stations along the beach, and provide a more accurate representation of the Maryland dolphin population.


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