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June 23
MARYLAND
Bladensburg man accused
of assaulting officer

A Bladensburg man has been charged with first- and second-degree assault after a police-involved shooting in Prince George’s County on Sunday, authorities said.

Ivanilov Tembi Fomukong, 22, was shot in the leg during the incident and is recovering at a hospital, police said.

The incident began shortly before midnight Sunday, police said. A patrol officer was parked in the 5400 block of Annapolis Road when Fomukong knocked on the window and then spit into the officer’s marked cruiser, according to a statement from Prince George’s police. Fomukong was “speaking incoherently,” police said.

When the officer got out of the car, he saw that Fomukong had a large butcher’s knife, authorities said. After a Taser did not subdue Fomukong, the officer, “fearing for the safety of himself and officers on the scene,” fired his pistol and hit Fomukong in the leg.

No officers were injured during the incident, and police are investigating. The officer who fired his weapon, a 16-year veteran of the department, is on routine administrative leave.

— Lynh Bui

THE REGION
Man charged after
gun turns up at airport

A Centreville man who packed a loaded .38-caliber revolver in his carry-on bag as he attempted to board a jetliner at Dulles International Airport on Sunday was stopped at a security checkpoint and faces a state weapons charge, authorities said.

Joseph Farah, 49, was cited by airport police on a weapons charge after a checkpoint X-ray machine alerted Transportation Security Administration officers to the gun in his bag, the TSA said. It is the third gun that TSA officers have detected at one of the airport checkpoints this year.

Weapons are not allowed in carry-on bags, but are permitted in checked bags if they are unloaded and declared to the airline. Passengers caught with firearms at checkpoints may face criminal charges from law enforcement and civil penalties from the TSA of up to $11,000.

— Ashley Halsey III

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