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)

Khalil Booker (Courtesy Prince George's County Police Department)

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.

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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