The Washington Post

Officer hit by stolen car as it left scene

Pr. George’s police were responding to reported use of stolen credit card

- BY JUSTIN WM. MOYER AND KATIE METTLER justin.moyer@washpost.com katie.mettler@washpost.com

A Prince George’s County police officer was struck by a stolen vehicle fleeing a crime scene Wednesday, prompting another officer to fire at the vehicle, authoritie­s said.

At around 10:30 a.m., two officers responded to a car repair shop in the 4900 block of Beech Road in Temple Hills after a report that a stolen credit card was used at that location, Deputy Chief Anthony J. Schartner said at a news conference.

As the officers approached the business, Schartner said, a black Dodge Charger left the shop’s garage at a high speed and struck one of the officers, who was propelled over the hood and into the windshield as the other officer fired at the vehicle.

The officer who fired his weapon pursued the Charger to the intersecti­on of Suitland Parkway and Naylor Road, police said, where three people ran away from the car.

Two of the people who fled were taken into custody, Schartner said. Both were hospitaliz­ed with minor injuries after one was Tasered while being apprehende­d and one experience­d a medical emergency, according to Schartner. A third person who was at large as of Wednesday afternoon was apprehende­d later that night, police said. In all, two juveniles and one adult were detained, police said.

Schartner said the officer who was struck by the vehicle was hospitaliz­ed with minor injuries, and the officer who discharged his weapon was an eight-year veteran.

The Charger was reported stolen in the District, according to Schartner, and gun parts were visible in it.

The names of the officers and those arrested were not released, and informatio­n about charges was not immediatel­y available.

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