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Forestville man shoots at police during drug raid

Man charged with multiple counts of attempted murder

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Published on: Thursday, January 31, 2013

By Jim Davis

A Forestville man was arrested Monday morning and charged with multiple counts of attempted murder after he shot at police officers of Prince George’s County Special Operations Division Emergency Services Team as they were serving a narcotics search warrant. 

Just before 5 a.m. Monday, members of the Special Operations Division Emergency Services Team were at Regency Point Apartments in the 3300 block of Walters Lane to conduct a drug raid.

According to Prince George’s County Police officials, the team encountered a heavy steel door as they attempted to make entry, forcing them to use a two-man ram to get inside. It took more than a minute for the door to give way, during which time officers made multiple announcements that the police department was on scene and asking the occupants to open the door. 

Just prior to the team getting inside, the suspect fired on the officers. The round struck the heavy steel door and lodged there, preventing the officers from being struck, officials said.

Detectives believe that after the first shot was fired, the suspect’s gun jammed, preventing the suspect from firing additional rounds. 

The gunman then ran to a rear bedroom and threw the weapon out a window. Police officers were then able to arrest the suspect without further incident. 

In addition to the .22 caliber handgun, officers recovered hundreds of rounds of ammunition, suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect has been identified as Jeremiah Ronald Pearson, 25. Pearson has been charged with multiple counts of attempted murder and is being transferred to the Department of Corrections, where a court commissioner will determine his bond status.

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