Man wounded by Bowie police

December 27, 2013

A man was shot and wounded Friday by members of the Bowie Police Department after he allegedly attempted to strike two officers while driving someone else’s pickup truck.

Police did not give the man’s name.

A woman at the scene who identified herself as his mother said he had been shot in the face. She challenged parts of the police account.

The incident began at about 1:40 p.m. when officers followed the man to the 12400 block of Keynote Lane to question him as part of an investigation into a stolen vehicle, Bowie Police Chief John Nesky said.

When the man saw the officers, he ran and got into a pickup truck that was running but un­occupied, police said.

The truck was driven at the two officers, who had been running after the man, police said. The officers fired, and the man was hit in the upper body, Nesky said.

“Everything on the surface appears to be a justified shooting,” Nesky said. Prince George’s County police are investigating.

The man was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, Nesky said. The chief gave no other details about his condition.

The two officers involved — a detective and a sergeant — are on routine paid administrative leave as the investigation continues, authorities said.

The woman who said she was the man’s mother said he was dropping off diapers for his daughter.

She said she thought he was trying to flee and wasn’t trying to harm the officers.

The woman said the use of force was excessive.

“He was in pajama pants and a tank top,” she said. “You could see that there was no weapon, so why did weapons have to be used?”

The pickup crashed into another vehicle after the man was shot, the woman said.

She said he was not vicious and was not someone who would cause a confrontation.

“A police [officer’s] job is very hard,” she said. “You can’t tell what one person is going to do from one minute to the next. But to use excessive force like that when there is no weapon involved and they’re fleeing — it is just ridiculous.”

The woman’s account could not be independently confirmed, but a worker at a hospital emergency room said a patient with the name she provided was being treated there.

A woman who lives down the street from the shooting scene said that it was not the first time police had come to the neighborhood.

“I hope this is the end of the issues,” said the woman, who asked that her name not be used.

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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