- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 20, 2004

Two Prince George’s County police officers shot one of three suspects yesterday morning minutes after carjackers severely beat a man at a service station and stole his car.

Just after 6 a.m., three men approached the car owner, a man in his 50s, at a BP gas station at Pennsylvania Avenue and Walters Lane south of District Heights. They beat him and drove away in his Lincoln. Police later found a handgun on the scene.

“They beat him pretty bad,” said police spokesman Cpl. Robert S. Clark.

Police were called as the man was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital. Minutes later, two patrol officers spotted the Lincoln about 2 miles east near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Donnell Drive and pursued it.

The pursuit ended at the dead end of Forest Run Drive in the 3200 block, a short distance from the BP station and 20 minutes after the carjacking.

Only two men were in the Lincoln. “They dropped [the third man] off somewhere before the officers spotted the car,” Cpl. Clark said.

The first officer approached the Lincoln on the passenger side. The passenger got out and raised a handgun. The officer quickly raised and fired his own pistol, hitting the suspect in the upper body.

At the same time, the driver was running into nearby woods.

“A second officer ran after him as they got into the woods,” said police Chief Melvin High. “As he gained on him, the individual turned, and the officer states that he fired at him, and the officer returned fire.

The driver escaped, and police said it was not known whether he was wounded. The wounded passenger was transported to Southern Maryland Hospital. Condition reports were unavailable for the suspect and car owner.

The two officers from the Patrol Services Bureau have been placed on administrative leave while the carjacking and shootings are investigated.

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