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Hyattsville man shot and injured by police officer
A 24-year-old Hyattsville man was shot by a Prince George's County police officer after he threatened the officer with a knife, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Damon Earl Wilson, of the 5400 block of Newton Street, was in critical but stable condition at a hospital, police said. A warrant was issued charging Mr. Wilson with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder and additional charges related to the shooting incident.
Cpl. Maria McKinney said that at about 7 p.m. Sunday, police received a 911 call from a woman who said an ex-boyfriend was knocking down her apartment door in the 3500 block of 55th Avenue.
The woman called 911 a second time to report her ex-boyfriend, identified as Mr. Wilson, had assaulted her and left the scene. When police arrived at the apartment, Mr. Wilson returned armed with a knife, Cpl. McKinney said.
The officer told Mr. Wilson to drop the knife, but he instead began to cut his own neck, Cpl. McKinney said. Then he "made a movement toward the police officer, still armed with the knife."
The officer shot Mr. Wilson, who was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life threatening.
The officer is a four-year veteran assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. He is currently on routine administrative leave, police said.
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