Shootout in Prince George’s Co. sends 3 officers to hospital

Three Prince George’s County, Maryland, police officers are in the hospital after officials said two men fired at them Sunday night.

Police said officers arrived at the 1300 block of Capital View Terrace in Hyattsville just after 6:30 p.m. when two suspects allegedly shot at them.

The two men are now in custody.

Interim Police Chief Hector Velez said the officers were responding to a call about a home invasion.

“Within seconds they came under gunfire. They were ambushed,” Velez said during a news conference outside Prince George’s Hospital Center, where the officers were being treated.

According to Velez, the officers are expected to be OK. One officer was shot in the chest and another in the back, with their bulletproof vests protecting them from more serious injuries.

A third officer was shot in the foot.

The officer who was shot in the chest also injured his arm and leg. Only one of the officers will require surgery.

“All three of these officers are nothing short of heroes,” County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said. “We want to thank all of you for the support you give them and thank them for the job they do every single day.”

Velez said Prince George’s police are investigating whether the two suspects who were arrested were involved with the home invasion that was called in. He added that police are investigating whether more suspects were involved.

Below is a map of where the shooting happened.

Matthew Delaney

Matt Delaney is a digital web writer/editor who joined WTOP in 2020.

This article was written by WTOP’s news partners at Maryland Matters and republished with permission. Sign up for Maryland Matters’ free email subscription today.

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