Wednesday, May 14, 2008

County police fatally shoot a man after chase

Man claimed to have a gun

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A Prince George's County police officer in Upper Marlboro on Monday afternoon shot and killed a man who police said led them on a chase and claimed to have a gun.

Three police officers chased the man on foot after responding to a call that someone was trying to steal an automobile in the 9700 block of Croom Road, said Pfc. Henry Tippett, a county police spokesman.

Officers ordered the man to stop running and show his hands, but ‘‘the suspect verbally said to the officers he had a gun and refused to show his hands,” Tippett said.

One of the officers then fired at the man, killing him, Tippett said.

The man was identified as 22-year-old Samuel Joseph Summers III of the 16700 block of Bald Eagle School Road in Brandywine.

Officers were first called at 1:50 p.m. to Croom Road in response to a person seen tampering with a pickup truck, police said. When police arrived, they said Summers tried to drive away in the pickup truck before crashing it into another vehicle.

Summers then ran on foot toward a tree line before he was shot, police said.

With the incident still under investigation Tuesday, Tippett declined to say whether a gun was recovered. Summers did not fire any shots, he said.

Tippett said the officer, two-and-a-half-year veteran Kyle Bodenhorn, was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.