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Police Officers Fatally Shoot 20-Year-Old

Two Prince George’s County Police officers allegedly fatally shot a 20-year-old who refused to put down a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle.

Two Prince George County policemen have been put on administrative leave following a fatal shooting Friday morning of a man who was holding a pellet gun.

Officers responded to a call early Friday morning of a reported dispute that involved a man armed with a gun.

According to the Capital Gazette, the two police officers arrived at an apartment complex in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive around 2:15 a.m., where two men were arguing.

Police ordered one man to put down his weapon -- a pellet gun that appeared to be an assault rifle, WUSA-9 reported. When the man refused to lower the gun, both officers fired their weapons.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital and died there, NBC Washington reported.

Two weapons were recovered at the scene, according to NBC Washington. And while one appeared to be an assault rifle -- the weapon the two officers saw at the time of the shooting -- and the other appeared to be a handgun, both turned out to be pellet guns. Officers didn’t realize until after the fatal confrontation that the men were carrying pellet guns.

The second man involved in the argument was not harmed, but was taken into custody.

The investigation is ongoing and both police officers have been put on administrative leave. The names of the police officers, victim and man in custody have not been released.


Michele June 02, 2014 at 12:06 PM
Trigger happy cops....not good!

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