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Officer on leave after killing burglary suspect

ClintonCLINTON – A Prince George's County police officer has been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a man in his 20's May 14 during a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Clinton.

Just after 3:30 a.m., police were called to a Checkers establishment at Woodyard Crossing Shopping Center on the 8800 block of Woodyard Road for a burglary alarm that was triggered.

Once on the scene, officers observed a man inside the carry-out next to a safe. Officers set up a perimeter around the restaurant and asked the man to surrender according to police officials.

After several attempts to get the man to surrender, the man allegedly opened the side door and fired a shot at the officers. One officer returned fire striking the man in his upper body.

Officers quickly provided aid to the man until paramedics arrived. Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Trice Jr., of Clinton, was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.

"During our investigation, we determined that a Popeyes restaurant

next to Checkers was also broken into and robbed," said Prince

Georges County Police Chief Hank Stawinski. "We are also looking into a robbery that happened at a Wendy's last week. We strongly believe that our suspect committed those crimes also."

Police say no officers were hurt and the shooting and they recovered the suspect's car.

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