One man dead in police-involved shooting


pgshooting05311SUITLAND – One man is dead after an altercation involving pellet guns Friday morning in which Prince George’s County Police say two officers were forced to pull their triggers out of fear for their lives.

The deceased is identified as 20-year-old Mark Anthony Brown. The involved officers—12-year veteran Cpl. Vincent Tabbs, and four-year officer Andrew Nacin—are on administrative leave pending the outcome of a departmental investigation.

According to police, at 2:15 a.m.patrol units responded to a call at the Carriage Hill apartment complex on the 3300 block of Curtis Dr. for a fight involving two men. A 911 caller reported seeing one of the men holding a “long gun.”

"When officers arrived on the scene they encountered two adult males. One of the males was carrying what appeared to be an assault weapon" saidPrince George's Police Department Media Relations Director Julie Parker.

 According to police spokesman Lt. William Alexander, the two police officers ordered Brown to drop his rifle. When he refused, officers fired to defend themselves.

“It’s a very fearful, scary situation,” Alexander said.”

The police recovered the rifle as well as a handgun from the other man, Alexander said. However, it turns out the guns were pellet guns.

The second man is in custody, but police say they do not know the relationship between him Brown. An investigation is ongoing, Alexander said, and the details will not be clear for a few weeks.

According to Alexander, officers are trained to fire for the center of mass to not only subdue the subject, but also to increase the chances of not missing the target and hitting someone else or a vehicle.

“This isn’t the movies,” Alexander said. “Everybody nationwide is trained to shoot for the center of mass.

For residents, the incident comes just a month after a man died in a shooting at a parking lot at the same apartment complex. On April 25, 2014, at about7:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the 3300 block of Curtis Drive for the report of a shooting.

 Police do not think the two incidents are related. 

“It's seems like there is a shooting every week,” said resident Lisa Long. “I think it’s time for me to move."


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