In Pr. Ge­orge’s, o∞cer, flee­ing man trade shots

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - MARY­LAND BY MARTIN WEIL AND CLARENCE WIL­LIAMS martin.weil@wash­post.com clarence.wil­liams@wash­post.com

A Prince Ge­orge’s County po­lice of­fi­cer ex­changed shots with a man Satur­day night dur­ing a foot chase, au­thor­i­ties said.

“We are ac­tively still look­ing for the sus­pect,” said County Po­lice Lt. David Cole­man late Satur­day night.

The in­ci­dent was touched off about 9 p.m. when po­lice were sent to the 900 block of Kayak Av­enue, in the Capi­tol Heights area, in re­sponse to a call about a fight, the county po­lice said.

When po­lice ar­rived, some­one told them that he had been robbed.

An of­fi­cer then spot­ted a man walk­ing nearby who, ac­cord­ing to po­lice, ap­peared to fit the de­scrip­tion given of the per­pe­tra­tor in the Kayak Av­enue in­ci­dent.

The man ran from the of­fi­cer, po­lice said, and the of­fi­cer ran af­ter him.

At some point dur­ing the chase, the of­fi­cer and the sub­ject “ex­changed gun­fire,” the po­lice said in a pre­lim­i­nary ac­count.

The of­fi­cer was not struck. It was not clear whether the sus­pect was hit.

Po­lice said that it ap­peared as if the man was headed to­ward the District.

South­ern Av­enue, which forms the bor­der be­tween the District and the county, is about eight blocks north­west of the Kayak Av­enue site. The dis­tance is about a half-mile.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear late Satur­day how many shots had been fired by either the of­fi­cer or the sus­pect.

Po­lice asked for help from the pub­lic in pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dent.

Kayak Av­enue, where mat­ters be­gan, is a res­i­den­tial street where well-sep­a­rated houses sit on grassy plots.

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