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This story was updated at 5:14 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2012.

Prince George’s County police have made an arrest in connection to a theft from auto suspect pursuit in Beltsville that led to an officer’s fatal crash in his cruiser on I-95 South on Monday afternoon.

An occupant of the Acura TL, which the now deceased officer had been pursuing, was taken in for questioning after Metropolitan Police Department officers recovered the Acura in the 400 block of St. Louis Street around 3:05 a.m. Tuesday.

By Tuesday afternoon, county police said the occupant had been arrested.

Officer First Class Iris Acosta, a county police spokeswoman, confirmed that the individual originally taken into custody for questioning was arrested, but would not say if the person was the driver or a passenger of the Acura.

On Monday afternoon in Beltsville, Officer Adrian Morris, 23, a two-year veteran, and another county officer spotted what appeared to be a theft from auto suspect driving a silver Acura, county police said.

The two officers began pursuing the Acura to determine the vehicle’s license plate number when Morris’ police cruiser veered off the roadway, killing Morris and injuring an officer riding with him, said Chief Mark Magaw during a press conference outside of the Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly on Monday.

County police have not yet released any further information regarding the identity of the individual arrested or the nature of the I-95 incident, which occurred near the Powder Mill Road exit.

Julie Parker, a county police spokeswoman, said Maryland flags had been ordered to be lowered to half-staff Tuesday in honor of the fallen county police officer.

djgross@gazette.net