Prince George’s releases name of man fatally shot by officer in Calverton on Wednesday

October 3, 2013

Prince George’s County police have released the name of the man who died after an officer responding to reports of a woman in distress shot him Wednesday in Calverton.

Cpl. Tavarras Edwards shot Eljah Glay, 39, of Takoma Park yesterday after a foot chase in the dark and after Glay refused to listen to Edwards’s commands, police said.

Edwards was one of the officers responding to a 911 call directing officers to an apartment complex in the 3900 block of Lighthouse Way about 2 a.m. Wednesday. The caller reported hearing a woman screaming “get off me,” police said.

A weapon wasn’t recovered from the scene, but detectives believe Glay was reaching into a dark bag before Edwards shot him.

Edwards, a seven-year veteran of the department, has been put on routine administrative leave.

Edwards was also put on administrative leave along with another officer in 2007. One of the officers shot a driver in a routine traffic stop after a passenger in the car took a can of pepper spray from one of the officers and tried to spray them. The driver was shot in the shoulder and was treated for a gunshot wound.

Glay’s family could not be immediately reached for comment.

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