Of­fi­cers put on leave af­ter fa­tal shoot­ing

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE REGION -

Three Bladens­burg po­lice of­fi­cers are on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave fol­low­ing the fa­tal shoot­ing Fri­day night of a woman who re­port­edly lunged at them with a knife when they re­sponded to a call.

She was iden­ti­fied as Tonya Michelle Buggs, 43.

The of­fi­cers went to an apart­ment build­ing in the 4200 block of 53rd Av­enue about 10:30 p.m. af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint of a woman bran­dish­ing a knife in a hall­way, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Bladens­burg po­lice.

Bladens­burg Po­lice Chief Charles L. Owens said the woman had threat­ened two res­i­dents in the build­ing with the knife, prompt­ing the call to au­thor­i­ties. When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they knocked on her door, “and when she opened it, she had the knife in her hand raised above her head,” Owens said.

“The of­fi­cers is­sued or­ders sev­eral times to drop the knife, which she didn’t and she lunged at them,” Owens added.

The three of­fi­cers fired at her si­mul­ta­ne­ously, he said. The woman later died at Prince Ge­orge’s Hospi­tal Cen­ter, po­lice said.

— Mary Pat Fla­herty

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