A Prince George's County police officer shot a man who was found bloody and presumably high on PCP after the man threatened the officer Sunday night in Oxon Hill, officials said.
The officer first used a Taser to try and subdue the man, who officials described as combative, but the man ripped out the prongs of the Taser while threatening to kill the officer and then charged, county police spokesman Cpl. Larry Johnson said. The officer fired, striking the man once. The man’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.
The incident started when officers were called to the 5000 block of Barnaby Lane around 10:22 p.m. for a report of a suspicious man who looked like he had been injured because his “whole body was bloodied,” Cpl. Johnson said.
The officers called EMS personnel to the scene to assist the injured man, who appeared high. When EMS personnel tried to assist the man, he became combative, prompting the officer to use his Taser.
The man has not been identified by police and it remains unclear whether the blood he was covered in belonged to him or something else.
Two officers received minor injuries during the incident, Cpl. Johnson said.
The officer who fired has been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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