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Prince George’s officer shoots armed man

- The Washington Times - Monday, May 9, 2011

The Prince George's County Police Department is investigating its seventh officer-involved shooting this year after an officer shot an armed man in Cottage City on Sunday evening, a police spokesman said.

Officers found a suspect underneath a bridge who was being sought in the shooting of a woman and attempted shooting of a 10-year-old boy earlier that day.

Police said the suspect, Edward Vincent McRavin, 49, confronted the officers with a handgun and refused to drop the weapon when ordered.

Lt. Harold Simms III, a 14-year veteran, struck Mr. McRavin in the upper body, police said. Mr. McRavin, of the 4200 block of Monroe Street in Colmar Manor, was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered life-threatening.

Police said Mr. McRavin had shot the woman in the chest during a domestic dispute that morning and attempted to shoot the boy who was with her, but the gun misfired. The woman was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Mr. McRavin faces several charges, including four counts of attempted first-degree murder.

There were nine officer-involved shootings for all of 2010 in Prince George's County, police spokesman Cpl. Mike Rodriguez said. Police originally said county officers had been involved in six shootings this year but later changed the total to seven.

Several of the shootings this year have involved people in the midst of a crime, including the fatal shooting of a man who tried to rob a bank in Takoma Park in January. Others were people with a history of mental illness, such as a 20-year-old man killed in Upper Marlboro in April after his mother called police to their home because he had fired a shotgun inside.

"There is no real indication why this year is any higher," said Vince Canales, the police union president. "I tend to think it's just the situations that the officer is responding to. ... Suspects are just doing dumb things or an individual is in the heat of passion not thinking through their actions."

Lt. Simms has been placed on routine administrative leave during the department's investigation.

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