Local Digest: Bladensburg officer shot self, police say; Osbourn High principal resigns

April 29, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Officer in crash shot himself, police say

An off-duty Bladensburg police officer who died Saturday shot himself before his marked patrol vehicle crossed a highway median strip and crashed into another car, according to Anne Arundel County police.

Brian Johnson, a nine-year veteran of the 20-member police force in Prince George’s County, suffered a gunshot wound to his upper body, police said, and his death has been ruled a suicide. Authorities did not say whether the bullet or injuries suffered in the crash caused his death.

The crash occurred about 9 a.m. on Route 100 near Catherine Avenue in Anne Arundel County. Police said that the officer was driving east when his cruiser crossed the median and struck a vehicle heading west. The driver of that car was treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Johnson, 38, was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police at the time said Johnson may have suffered a medical issue that caused him to lose control. On Monday, they said it was a gunshot wound.

— Peter Hermann

VIRGINIA
Osbourn High School principal resigns

Osbourn High School’s principal, in his second year at the Manassas City school, has resigned to take a job in Virginia’s Albemarle County, city officials said Monday.

The sudden resignation of John Werner, a veteran educator who also has worked in Fairfax and Clarke counties, took officials and residents by surprise, School Board Chairman Scott M. Albrecht said. Werner is expected to finish out the school year in Manassas.

“The whole community is kind of shocked,” Albrecht said. “But he’s looking to move, he’s looking to do something different, and it’s what happens.”

Werner could not be reached for comment Monday.

Albrecht said that he understands the move because Albemarle is an affluent community near the University of Virginia that offers “more exposure” for the principal. The county’s seat is in Charlottesville.

Albrecht said the city hopes to have a new principal in place by the beginning of the next school year.

— Jeremy Borden

MARYLAND
Man fatally stabbed
at Suitland complex

A man was stabbed to death Monday during a robbery at an apartment complex in Suitland, in an incident that came to police attention when a car crashed while taking him to a hospital.

The stabbing occurred in the 3800 block of Regency Park Court, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a county police spokesman.

A car in which a woman was driving him to a hospital crashed about 2:20 p.m. at Branch and Southern avenues, police said. Officers who responded to the crash scene learned about the stabbing.

As of Monday evening, no arrests had been made. The victim was not identified immediately.

— Martin Weil

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