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Prince George’s Co. police ID officer who fatally shot suspected Checkers robber

Cpl. Scott Weisbrod fired one shot at 24-year-old Anthony Trice Jr., of Clinton, Maryland, after police said Trice pointed a gun at officers outside the Checkers restaurant. Trice was struck in the leg and later died at the hospital.

WASHINGTON — The Prince George’s County Police Department has identified the officer who fatally shot a man suspected of robbing a Checkers fast food restaurant in Clinton, Maryland, early Monday morning.

Cpl. Scott Weisbrod fired one shot at 24-year-old Anthony Trice Jr., of Clinton, Maryland, after police said Trice pointed a gun at officers outside the restaurant. Trice was struck in the leg and later died at the hospital.

Weisbrod, a patrol officer, has been with the department for seven years and nine months is on routine administrative leave as the department investigates the shooting.

Prince George’s County police also provided more details about the events leading up to the shooting.

Police responded to the Checkers in the 8000 block of Woodyard Road at about 3:40 a.m. Monday because the fast food restaurant’s burglar alarm was going off.

Police said they saw Trice inside the restaurant trying to break a safe with a crowbar, and officers yelled to the suspect to come out of the restaurant with his hands up. Trice exited from a side door with a gun in his hand and pointed it at  two officers, police said.

Weisbrod was yards away from Trice when the officer fired his gun.

Investigators said they found a 9 mm handgun belonging to Trice outside the restaurant as well as one spent shell casing from that gun along with a screwdriver.

Police say they believe Trice also broke into a nearby Popeyes by shooting into a window before breaking into the Checkers.

A Wendy’s in the area was also broken into last week, Police Chief Hank Stawinksi told reporters Monday, but police need to review surveillance before they can confirm Trice was also responsible for that robbery.

Stawinski said nearly the entire incident at the Checkers was captured on video, including surveillance video and police dashcam video.


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