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Shooting in Bowie Md. Disrupts Quiet Genteel Neighborhood


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On Dec. 27, Bowie police officials investigate the second departmental shooting in the department's history. Photo By Jim Davis

On Dec. 27, Bowie police officials investigate the second departmental shooting in the department's history. Photo By Jim Davis

Published on: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

By Jim Davis, Special to The Sentinel

For the second time in the department's history, two Bowie police officers were involved in a departmental shooting Friday afternoon that sent a 26-year-old man to the hospital.

 Just after 1:30 p.m., two Bowie City police officers, a sergeant and a detective were at Keynote Lane in Bowie searching for Joseph Moreland on an outstanding warrant for unauthorized use of a vehicle. 

 Officers spotted Moreland exiting his ex-girlfriend's house after dropping off some items for his infant son. 

According to Bowie Police Chief John Nesky, Moreland saw the officers and started to flee the area. As he was running up Kennison Lane , Nesky said Moreland got into an empty  truck and drove up the street toward the two officers who were on foot. Fearing for their lives, the two officers pulled out their service weapons and fired at Moreland inside the truck, striking him in the face, causing him to crash into two park vehicles.

Moreland was taken to Prince George 's General Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Neighbors in the normally quiet neighborhood were shocked to see police officers and crime scene tape surrounding they homes.

 "Look at this, it's nuts. I mean we have news trucks out front of our house, just making the place look like it's crazy you know," said Chris Voss, who came home from work to find police tape and flashing police lights. 

Norita Moreland, Joseph's mother, talked with the  Sentinel "He's a good person, he's a hard worker when he's not on the drugs. He would do anything; he would give the shirt off his back. It's just you know, people fall into bad things," she said.

"My son is not a vicious person. He's tied up in drugs yeah, he steals, but come on. To shoot someone in the face over a stolen vehicle... He wasn't going to hit nobody. He wasn't trying to hurt nobody. It's ridiculous," Moreland concluded.

 The two officers involved in this shooting are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is now being led by The Prince George's County Police Department.

 This marks the second officer-involved shooting since the Bowie Police Department launched in February 2007. 

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