Police officer shoots robbery suspect in Temple Hills

A Prince George’s County police officer inadvertently shot and wounded a robbery suspect after a brief foot chase in the Temple Hills area Monday, authorities said.

The officer’s gun “accidentally discharged” during an altercation with 27-year-old Edward Kirk Moore, a suspect in a robbery and attempted abduction, said Julie Parker, a Prince George’s County Police spokeswoman. Moore was struck in the shoulder and treated and released from the hospital, police said.

The incident began just before 3 a.m., when officers were dispatched to Danny’s Carryout in the 3300 block of Branch Avenue for a reported attempted abduction and robbery. Police said two men had tried to abduct a 25-year-old woman when she was leaving the store, though they fled when she broke free from their grasp and ran back inside.

The men stole the woman’s purse, cell phone and car keys, police said. The woman apparently did not know her attackers, though police are still probing the incident, Parker said.

Police broadcast a description of the suspects’ vehicle — a Chevrolet Trailblazer that had been reported stolen over the weekend — and officers tried to pull it over near Old Silver Hill Road, authorities said. A chase ensued, and the SUV eventually crashed into four parked vehicles on 26th Avenue near Berkley Street, authorities said.

Police arrested one of the suspects, Tarell Samuel Johnson, 19, of Temple Hills, near the SUV. Moore, of Oxon Hill, fled on foot and was shot after he got into an altercation with the officer, police said. Both men have been charged with robbery, attempted abduction and other related counts, police said. 

Parker identified the officer as Jesus Yambot, who has been with the department for five years. He has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard for officer-involved shootings.

Matt Zapotosky covers the federal district courthouse in Alexandria, where he tries to break news from a windowless office in which he is not allowed to bring his cell phone.

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