Two suspects in custody:
A Prince George’s County Police officer was shot and critically wounded Sunday afternoon at the District 3 station and police say they have two suspects in custody.
Police first reported around 6 p.m. that one suspect had been arrested without incident at a Popeye’s restaurant near the police station in Landover, Maryland. No further details of the second arrest have been released.
“We do not believe there are outstanding suspects but investigation is in early stages,” P.G. police said via Twitter.
Police said residents in the Palmer Park section of Landover near the station should still stay away.
“Residents who live near PGPD HQ are asked to stay indoors,” the department said on its Twitter feed.
The attack occurred around 4:30 p.m. outside the P.G. Police District 3 station. Prince George’s County Asst. Fire Chief Alan Doubleday told reporters there had been a call to a community center next to the police headquarters
Multiple roads near the station are closed as police continue to sweep the area.
“From Beltway down 202 to MLK is closed to traffic,” police said.
Shooting is reported as ‘unprovoked’, officer has now died:
Parked police cars lined road to the hospital Sunday evening. Several officers crowded into the hospital’s lobby, quietly waiting to learn details about the officer’s condition from their chief. There was no immediate indication on when authorities might speak publicly about the shooting.
Details about what happened were not immediately released, and the suspects weren’t immediately identified.
The Washington Post reported that one woman near the site grabbed her sleeping, 14-month old baby from his play pen when she heard what she thought might be either firecrackers or gunshots. The woman told the newspaper she looked outside and saw a man dressed in black firing a handgun.
“He fired one shot, and then he started pacing back and forth, then fired another shot,” said Lascelles Grant, a nurse. She added in the account that police began pouring out of the station. “Just looking outside, I’m like, ‘Oh my God, look at all these police officers running out, putting their lives really in danger,’
The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were assisting local police in the investigation, spokesmen for the two federal agencies said. They said the Prince George’s County Police remained the lead investigating agency.
Dave Fitz, spokesman for the FBI in Maryland, said the FBI “reached out and offered support” and sent a couple of special agents to assist. He had no further details.