Officers put on leave after fatal shooting
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