- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) - Police in a Washington suburb say the officer who fatally shot a man who pulled a handgun while sitting inside a car is 22 years old and has been an officer for a year and a half.

In a statement on Thursday, Prince George’s County police identified the officer involved in Wednesday’s shooting as Steven Tucker.

Police did not reveal the officer’s race. The man he shot, 19-year-old Terrence Thomas Jr., was black.

Police say Thomas was one of two people inside a car that police described as suspicious. When officers approached the car, police say one man ran away and Thomas pulled a gun and pointed it at one of the officers. Police say Tucker opened fire to protect his fellow officer and the other man.

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