- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 12, 2012

Prince George's County police are investigating a second departmental shooting in this week after an officer fired on a burglary suspect outside a Temple Hills apartment complex early Thursday.

No one was injured as a result of the shooting, which occurred as police investigated a report of a burglary at an apartment at 3107 Good Hope Road, police spokeswoman Officer Iris Borrero said.

Police were called to the apartment around 3 a.m., and when they arrived, officers saw a man acting in what police described in a press release as “a bizarre manner.”

“He ran from the officers, hid behind a parked car and then reappeared,” police said in the release. “He threw himself on the ground, and when approached by officers, he acted as if he was pulling a gun from his waistband.”

One of the officers, believing the man had a weapon, fired her gun several times but did not hit him.

Police said that when the man was taken into custody, he told the officers he had hoped they would kill him because “he didn’t want to go back to jail.”

A search of the apartment found a male resident suffering from multiple stab wounds. The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition Thursday afternoon, police said.

Police said Joseph Barrington Halsey, 23, of the 2000 block of Addison Road South in District Heights was charged with attempted first- and second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Police said Mr. Halsey and the victim knew each other but the nature of their relationship was unclear.

The officer involved in the shooting has been on patrol for five years. Based on department policy, she was placed on administrative leave.

On Monday, a Prince George's County police officer fatally shot a man during a struggle in Landover.

The incident marks the fourth police-involved shooting to come under investigation this year. Police said this week that a shooting in February may have been an accidental discharge and they are no longer counting it as a departmental shooting.

Andrea Noble contributed to this report.

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