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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Prince George’s county police shoot gun-wielding man

A man who allegedly shot his estranged wife and tried unsuccessfully to shoot his 10-year-old son was shot and wounded by a Prince George’s County police officer Sunday after he pointed a handgun at the officer, authorities said.

Edward Vincent McRavin, 49, of Colmar Manor, is expected to survive the shooting, authorities said. He has been charged with attempted murder and other related counts. His wife, who authorities did not identify, was in critical condition Monday, authorities said.

The incident began about 10:45 a.m. Sunday at the Family Crisis Center, Inc., of Prince George’s County in the 3600 block of Taylor Street in Brentwood, authorities said. McRavin was supposed to come to the center at 11 a.m. to see his son during a supervised visitation, but he arrived early and confronted the boy’s mother outside, said Malinda Miles, the center’s executive director.

McRavin shot the 45-year-old woman -- his estranged wife who had a protective order against her husband -- in the upper body, said Lt. Tammy Sparkman, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman. The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition, though she was able to tell officers who shot her, Sparkman said. Sparkman said McRavin also tried to shoot his son, but his gun jammed and he fled the scene. 

Officers located McRavin about 5 p.m. hiding under a bridge in a wooded area near the 3800 block of Cottage Terrace in Cottage City, Sparkman said. She said he pointed a handgun at officers and ignored their repeated commands to drop it. One of the officers, Lt. Harold Simms, III, fired his gun, wounding McRavin, she said.

Simms, who has worked for the department for 14 years and is assigned to District 1, has been placed on paid administrative leave while internal affairs detectives probe the incident – normal protocol for police involved shootings, Sparkman said.

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Categories:  Matt Zapotosky, Pr. George's, Police Shootings

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