Prince George's Officer Kills Unarmed Man

By Ruben Castaneda
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

A Prince George's County police officer responding to an assault call in District Heights yesterday morning fatally shot an unarmed man who allegedly made a threatening movement, police said.

It was the fourth shooting by county officers in three weeks and the second killing.

Cpl. Diane Richardson provided this account of yesterday's incident:

About 1:30 a.m., a county patrol officer from District III went to the 1900 block of Rochelle Avenue in response to a report of a man assaulting a woman. The officer arrived and saw a man later identified as Gregory B. Boggs Jr., 24, standing over a woman, who was on the ground beside an apartment building.

The officer ordered Boggs away from the woman. Boggs picked up the woman, and the officer told him to let her go. The woman either fell or was pushed away.

When the officer ordered Boggs to put his hands up, he reached for his waistband. Fearing that Boggs was reaching for a weapon, the officer fired one round into his upper body.

Boggs was unarmed, police said. He was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead.

The officer, who was not immediately identified, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation. A county grand jury will also investigate.

Boggs's relatives said yesterday that they did not believe the police account.

Boggs, who lived with his family in a townhouse in Upper Marlboro, went to the District Heights apartment complex to watch a football game with his girlfriend, relatives said.

Boggs was arguing with her when police arrived, said Mary Pitt, Boggs's aunt. Pitt said relatives have spoken with the woman, who Pitt said was not injured.

Pitt said she didn't believe Boggs would do anything to provoke deadly force.

CONTINUED     1        >

© 2006 The Washington Post Company