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Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 03/17/2011

Police obtain warrant for man shot by officers

Police in Prince George’s County have obtained a warrant charging the man who got into a shootout with officers Saturday in the Mount Rainier/West Hyattsville area with attempted first-degree murder, authorities said Thursday.

Michael Ivan Haley, 30, of Clinton, remains hospitalized in critical condition, though he is expected to survive, authorities said. He was struck eight times in a gun battle with three county police officers near the intersection of Queens Chapel and Chillum roads, police sources have said.

The incident began sometime before 8 p.m., when officers were called to the area for a report of a man throwing bottles at cars and banging on the window of a business, authorities said. The man, who police later identified as Haley, opened fire at an officer trying to stop him, police said.

One of the bullets struck that officer’s gunbelt, though he was unhurt, police said. He and two other officers returned fire, wounding Haley, police said.

On Wednesday night, police identified the officer who was struck in the gun belt as Sean McAleavey, who has worked for the police department for five years. The other two officers who fired were identified as Jorge Martinez, who has worked for the department for five years, and Shane Goudreau, who has worked for the department for four years. All were assigned to the District I station and have been placed on paid administrative leave while internal affairs detectives probe the incident — normal protocol for police-involved shootings.

McAleavey made news in April 2010 when he was suspended after a videotape emerged showing county police officers beating an unarmed University of Maryland student during a raucous celebration after a basketball win over Duke. He had filed erroneous charging documents against the student who was beaten, though he was not among those shown in the video, police have said. He was later returned to duty, though the incident remains under investigation by federal authorities, police have said.

A woman who answered the phone at Haley’s Clinton home said family members were still trying to gather information on the incident, then hung up. Online court records show Haley has previously faced gun and drug charges.

By  |  04:37 PM ET, 03/17/2011

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