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Man Accused Of Killing Pr. George's Officer Dies
Harris said that normally, White would have been moved to a jail outside Prince George's because his alleged crime involved county law enforcement officers. But because White was arrested late on a weekend night, when most administrative staff members are not working, the county didn't follow that standard protocol, Harris said.
Mark Brady, a spokesman for the county's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, said the department received a call at 10:38 a.m. yesterday from the Department of Corrections. The call indicated that CPR was in progress on an approximately 20-year-old male, and paramedics and an ambulance from the Upper Marlboro station were dispatched. Brady said the paramedics took over lifesaving efforts, continuing CPR while they took the man to a hospital.
Harris also said that to his knowledge White had not complained of his treatment by police or corrections staff since being arrested Saturday morning.
On Friday, Findley and other officers from an elite squad had been attempting to box in two suspects in a blue Chevy Silverado when White rammed Findley's cruiser, according to the charges. When Findley got out of his cruiser, White hit him and dragged him on the front and side of the truck while hitting other vehicles and an iron fence, police said.
Maj. Dwayne Preston, commander of the 6th Police District, where Findley was assigned, said the officer's family, which has not spoken publicly since the incident, was told of White's death yesterday afternoon. Findley was married and had two young daughters.
"I don't know if it's justice or not," Preston said of White's death. He and three other high-ranking police officials said they had been told that White had committed suicide but had no information to corroborate that. "We're really more focused on laying Corporal Findley to rest," Preston said.
James Penn, a chaplain with Good News Jail and Prison Ministries who works at the Prince George's jail, said he called White's mother, Angela White, and was the first to inform her of her son's death. "She was stunned, didn't know how to take it," Penn said. "She just kept asking where he was, where the body was."
Online, White's friends began flocking to a memorial page created on MySpace. Several of the friends also had MySpace links to the Laurel area gang known as Curupt Mindz.
Preston confirmed that White was believed to be connected to Curupt Mindz. He said the gang is a known problem in the Laurel area. Two alleged members of the gang are awaiting trial on robbery charges, Preston said, and members are suspected in carjackings and other robberies in shopping centers near where Findley was hit.
A police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because three other people detained during Friday's search are still under investigation, said members of Curupt Mindz are also known drug dealers. He said that drugs were found in an apartment but that detectives were still trying to determine whether the drugs belonged to the suspects. An electronic log of radio communications from Friday's search showed that an officer reported finding four pounds of marijuana and an assault rifle in an apartment.
Court records show that in 2006 White was charged with first-degree assault and armed robbery; the case was dropped. Last year, he pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm and, in a separate case, to drug possession. On Nov. 28, he was sentenced to more than six months in prison. It was unclear when he was released.
Staff writers Ruben Castaneda and Rosalind S. Helderman and staff researcher Meg Smith contributed to this report.