The six officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homicide suspect over the weekend have been placed on administrative leave, authorities in Prince George’s County said.
James Edward Coleman, 22, of District Heights, was shot by police after an exchange of gunfire about 10 a.m. in the 8100 block of Rydal Road.
The clash with police occurred hours after Coleman allegedly shot and killed a man and woman in the parking lot of Arundel Mills mall in Hanover.
Prince George’s and Anne Arundel police caught up with Coleman at the single-family home he shared with his parents.
After about two hours of refusing to come out of the house, Coleman walked out carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and a pistol, police said.
Coleman opened fire and shot one officer, 11-year veteran Corporal Phillip Foster, in the face, hand and leg before he was killed by return fire.
Foster, was treated at a local hospital for his injuries and released the same day.
Foster, as well as Lt. Michael Snyder, Sgt. Terrence Nelson, Corporal James Weinelt, Officer Paul Gambardella, and Officer William Ledward are on administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy following a police-involved shooting, police said.