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Posted at 07:21 PM ET, 08/04/2011

Two charged in shooting, wounding of Pr. George’s officer

Two men have been arrested in the shooting and wounding of a Prince George’s County police officer who was investigating the report of an armed man Wednesday night in the Chapel Oaks area, authorities said.

The officer, who was shot in the arm, was treated and released from the hospital, said Lt. Tammy Sparkman, a Prince George’s County police spokesman. She said one suspect also had some type of arm injury, but it did not appear he was shot.

Borntruth Booker (Courtesy Prince George's County Police Department)
The incident started about 10:20 p.m., when officers working on a special assignment team in the police’s third district went to investigate a report of a man with a gun in the 1700 block of Marblewood Avenue, Sparkman said. She said when officers approached a man matching the description they received, the man fled. The officers then gave chase, and another another man lying in the bushes nearby opened fire on them, she said.

One of the officers, Julian Mitchell, was struck in the arm
Khalil Booker (Courtesy Prince George's County Police Department)
by the suspect’s gunfire, Sparkman said. Another officer, Cpl. Travis Rickert, returned fire but missed, she said.

Mitchell has worked for the department for four years, and Rickert has worked for the department for six, Sparkman said. Both have been placed on administrative leave while detectives probe the incident — standard procedure for police-involved shootings.

Sparkman said investigators arrested the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Khalil Sharif Booker, and recovered the semi-automatic handgun believed to have been used in the incident in a nearby vacant house in the 1700 block of 61st Avenue. They arrested the other man, 23-year-old Borntruth Booker, Thursday morning at the home he shared with Khalil Booker in the 1600 block of Jutewood Avenue, she said.

The two men are related, but Sparkman said she is not sure how. Both are charged with attempted murder, assault and gun-related counts, she said.

Sparkman said Khalil Sharif Booker had some type of injury to his forearm after he was arrested, but it is not clear how he sustained it.

By  |  07:21 PM ET, 08/04/2011

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