By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, October 18, 2009 12:47 AM
The two people who were shot Friday by a Prince George's County police officer after allegedly dragging him with a car turned out to be men rather than women, county police said.
The two were shot near the 7300 block of Baltimore Avenue after allegedly fleeing from a store where a shoplifting had occurred. The officer was off-duty and working in a security position at the store. He tried to stop them, and fired when his arm became lodged in the door of the car, which began dragging him, police said.
It was believed at first that the two who were shot were women. But they "turned out to be males dressed in female clothing," Officer Henry Tippett, a county police spokesman, said early Sunday.
That finding was apparently made when medical personnel began treating the two for gunshot wounds, Tippett said.
Tippett said both remained hospitalized. One, he said, was a 23-year-old Baltimore man, and the other was also 23 and from the District.
The Baltimore man was at the wheel of the car when officer fired, Tippett said.
The officer was treated for lacerations and scrapes and released from a hospital, Tippett said. As of early Sunday police had not released the identities of those involved in that incident.
The incident was one of two in which police fired at suspects in the county on Friday. In the other incident, police said officers shot a man who came at them with an automatic rifle after he had tried to rob an armored truck. Early accounts indicated that a second suspect may have been linked to that incident, but police said they have concluded that only one person was involved.