A Prince George’s police officer shot a Lanham man early Wednesday morning, after the man reached for a gun that fell out of a car during an investigation, authorities say.
Ricky Lamounte Reid Jr. was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and he faces theft and handgun-related charges in connection with the incident, police said.
The off-duty officer was driving his marked cruiser when he stopped to investigate a “suspicious, parked car with two people inside” at about 12:45 a.m. near Green Haven and Lanham-Severen roads, according to a statement from Prince George’s County police.
The uniformed officer ordered Reid out of the car, and a gun fell to the ground, police said. After refusing to raise his hands after the officer’s orders, Reid reached for the gun, authorities said.
“Fearing for his life, the officer discharged his service weapon, striking the suspect,” the police statement said.
Police later learned that the gun in the incident had been reported stolen in Virginia, authorities said.
The officer, who has been with Prince George’s police for nearly four years, was not injured. He was placed on routine administrative leave while the county continues to investigate the matter.
The shooting appears to have occurred outside of Reid’s home. Police tape still blocked off the brick house at the Lanham-Seabrook address that is listed as Reid’s residence Wednesday at around 10 a.m.. Calls to Reid’s residence went unanswered.
Kevin Holland, 19, lives next door to the house that was taped off. He said the sounds of gunshots woke him up early Wednesday morning. He then heard a man screaming through his bedroom window.
“He was screaming pretty bad,” said Holland, who added that the neighborhood is relatively quiet and that he has never experienced problems with Reid. “It was a bit of a surprise.”