- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Maryland say a man fatally shot during a struggle over an officer’s gun had mental health issues and had recently expressed suicidal thoughts.

Prince George’s County police announced Sunday that Officer Brian Bell is on routine administrative leave while the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Asshams Manley of Forestville is investigated. Police say tests show Manley was under the influence of drugs during the confrontation.

Investigators say Bell was patrolling in District Heights, about 10 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., on Friday night when he followed a man fleeing a crash. Police say when Bell caught up, Manley was shot during a struggle over Bell’s gun.

Investigators say despite being shot, Manley continued to fight. A second officer deployed a stun gun and a third restrained him.

Police spokesman Michael Owen says the races of the officer and the man were not available at this time.



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