- The Washington Times - Monday, May 19, 2008

DISTRICT

Officer struck while helping driver

A Metropolitan Police Department officer who stopped to assist a motorist early yesterday morning was struck by another vehicle and injured.

The incident occurred on Interstate 295 at about 4 a.m. when the motorist ran into the back of the officer’s car, pushing the cruiser into the officer.

Police say the officer was treated and released. The driver who struck him left his car and ran but was quickly caught and arrested.

MARYLAND

COLUMBIA

Man shot during fight

A 24-year-old man was shot during a fight yesterday outside a Columbia apartment complex, according to Howard County police.

The incident occurred in the early morning in the 5800 block of Thunder Hill Road. Police responded to a report of shots fired and found two groups fighting. The victim has been identified as Wayne Hamlin, 24, who was shot in the shoulder and had cuts to his face. He was treated at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and released.

Investigators say neighboring apartments were evacuated temporarily after witnesses reported people running into an apartment. No charges have been filed, and police don’t think the incident is related to a fatal shooting Saturday in Columbia.

PRINCESS ANNE

Plant explosion kills one, hurts one

A man was killed and another was injured yesterday afternoon in an explosion at the Greenlight Biofuels plant, in the Princess Anne Industrial Park.

Princess Anne police say one of the two victims, both contractors, was welding as they added a methane line to the plant. The explosion occurred when the men hit a gas line.

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