Officer shot while serving warrant in Laurel

A Laurel, Maryland, police officer is recovering after he was shot in the arm Wednesday morning.

The Laurel Police Department said officers were serving an arrest-and-search warrant related to an attempted murder case just after 6 a.m. in the 100 block of Bryan Court, near Parkside Drive.

When officers announced their presence, the suspect inside the home opened fire. A 35-year-old officer with over six years of service to the department was struck in the arm.

“All officers — including the officer who had been shot — maintained firearms discipline,” Laurel Police Chief Russ Hamill said during a Wednesday afternoon news conference.

“We did not deploy deadly force out there. In fact, our officers de-escalated the situation with the defendant. They attempted to calm him and assure him that he would not be harmed or injured in any way, and he was not.”

Grayson Simms, 23, was taken into custody and now faces another set of first- and second-degree attempted-murder and weapons charges, as well as the ones he was already facing in connection with an April 11 shooting in Laurel.

The wounded officer was treated at a hospital and released.

An investigation into the shooting is still underway. Anyone with more information is asked to call Laurel police at 301-498-0092 or email

Below is a map of the area where it happened.

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