Officer struck by car responding to report of theft in Prince George’s Co.

Two people have been arrested and a third is still wanted by police after an officer was struck by a car while responding to a report of theft in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Wednesday. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

Two people have been arrested and a third is still wanted by police after an officer was struck by a car while responding to a report of theft in Prince George’s County, Maryland, on Wednesday.

According to police, around 10:30 a.m., a caller reported that their car was broken into in D.C. and their wallet was stolen. A few minutes later, they reported that one of their credit cards had been used at a location on the 4900 block of Beech Road, police said.

Two officers responding to the area found an industrial area with a nearby garage. Shortly after arriving, a black Dodge Charger with three people inside left the garage at a high rate of speed and struck one of the officers, sending them up over the hood of the car. The other officer then fired their weapon into the car as it drove off.


Police said they do not believe anyone was struck by the bullet, but that is still being determined.

The officers then began a vehicle pursuit, which ended when the three occupants of the Charger bailed out of the car and fled on foot. Two of the suspects were arrested, while the third fled.

Police described the third suspect as a “tall Black male.”

During the arrests, one of the suspects was tased and the other suffered a “medical emergency,” according to police, and both were taken to a nearby hospital. Anthony Schartner with Prince George’s County police said they are both expected to be released shortly.

The officer was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and was discharged shortly thereafter. Schartner said he was sent home to recover.

Police are not yet sure if the occupants of the Charger were involved with the theft in D.C. The Charger had been reported stolen from the District. Schartner said that weapon parts were visible inside the vehicle, but it was unclear whether any of the suspects, including the man who got away, were armed.

WTOP’s Thomas Robertson contributed to this report.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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