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Police officer shoots knife-wielding man

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Published on: Friday, October 12, 2012

By Jim Davis

A Prince George’s County Police officer shot a Hyattsville man just after 7 p.m. Sunday in Bladensburg. This is the department’s ninth police-involved shooting this year.

“Police received several 911 calls from a 21-year-old adult female stating her ex-boyfriend had kicked in her apartment door and had assaulted her,” Cpl. Maria McKinney said.

A police officer responded to the Parke Cheverly Apartments in the 3500 block of 55th Avenue, and as the officer was questioning the woman, her ex-boyfriend — identified as Damon Earl Wilson — returned with a knife in his hands.

According to police, the officer quickly ordered Wislon to drop the knife. The 24-year-old did not comply and started to cut his own neck, McKinney said.

The officer then attempted to approach Wilson, but he made a movement toward the police officer with the knife. The officer discharged his service weapon, striking Wilson, McKinney said.

Wilson suffered injuries that were not life-threatening, and he was transported to a local hospital.

The officer and the 21-year-old woman were not injured.

The officer involved in the shooting is a four-year veteran assigned to PGPD’s Bureau of Patrol and has been placed on administrative leave per department protocol. An internal investigation is underway, McKinney said.

As of Monday, police have obtained a warrant charging Wilson with attempted first- and second-degree murder among other charges.

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