Police: Bulletproof vest saved District Heights officer’s life -- Gazette.Net


A District Heights police officer was shot Saturday in an exchange of gunfire during a response to a robbery, according to the police department.

Prince George’s County and District Heights police responded at about 8:47 p.m. to a robbery at a store on the 5800 block of Silver Hill Road, said Police Officer First Class Harry Bond, a county police spokesman.

The suspects’ vehicle pulled into a neighboring apartment complex, where gunfire was exchanged and both a District Heights officer and a suspect were shot, Bond said.

The District Heights officer was not critically wounded, with his bulletproof vest saving his life, said District Heights Police Chief Yolanda Alexander.

Alexander said the incident is still under investigation and declined to provide any further details such as number of suspects involved in the incident.

The suspect who was shot was listed in serious condition Saturday night, but police did not have an update on his condition Monday morning, Bond said.

Anyone with information related to this crime can call the county police tip line at 866-411-8477, text “PGPD plus your message” to 274637 or submit a tip online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com.

Tips leading to an arrest and indictment in the case can come with a cash reward that is determined by the Crime Solvers board, said Lt. William Alexander, county police spokesman.