Police have made two arrests in a Capitol Heights home invasion that involved a Prince George’s County police officer firing at suspects attempting to escape.
Adrian Eugene Pitts, 22, and Afolabi Ijaoba, 19, both of the 1300 block of Dillon Court in Capitol Heights, have been charged with first-degree burglary, armed robbery and first-degree assault in the alleged home invasion of an occupied townhouse in the 3900 block of Opal Place around 8 a.m. Wednesday.
A responding officer fired shots at the suspects after she noticed them coming out of the back of the house with guns, said Lt. Bill Alexander, a county police spokesman.
“Fearing for her life, the officer discharged her service weapon at the suspects,” he said.
One suspect ran back into the house and was apprehended while others — possibly two — hopped a wooded fence and ran away, Alexander said.
The second suspect arrested was taken into custody sometime after the incident, said Officer First Class Nicole Hubbard, a county police spokeswoman.
The incident is still being investigated as to whether additional suspects escaped. No police officers or area residents were injured, police said.
During an investigation, three guns were recovered from inside and outside the house, police said.
Hubbard said police are still determining who the guns belonged to and have not yet detailed the types of firearms recovered.
According to police, Pitts is being held on a no bond status while Ijaoba’s bond is set at $70,000.
Online court records show that Pitts was found guilty of a 2009 armed carjacking during a circuit court trial in 2010.
The officer involved in Wednesday’s incident is a six-year veteran on the department’s patrol bureau, police said.
Alexander said the officer has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the shooting, per department protocol.
Defense attorney information was not listed with the courts Thursday, according to online county court records.
Phone numbers for the suspects’ residences could not be located.