D.C. man who shot at armored truck says he was high on PCP

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The man who was shot by a Prince George's County police officer Friday after trying unsuccessfully to rob an armored truck, then barricading himself inside a Beltsville home, told investigators he was high on PCP during the incident, authorities said Monday.

Toumani Touray Thomas, 32, of the District remains hospitalized in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said. He faces charges of first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a handgun in commission of a crime of violence, police said.

About 3:30 p.m. Friday, Thomas tried to force his way into a Dunbar armored truck that was picking up money in the parking lot of Washington Adventist Hospital, police said. The truck drove away, and Thomas chased after it in a car.

The truck's driver called 911, and at Powder Mill Road near Evans Trail, Thomas cut the truck off, got out of his car and opened fire with an SKS 762 assault rifle, said Maj. Andrew Ellis, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Police Department. Three rounds hit the truck, Ellis said, and at least two rounds penetrated its outer layer.

After a shootout and chase, Thomas eventually ran into a house in the 5000 block of Lexington Street in Beltsville. Several occupants from the house fled, and a second officer shot and wounded Thomas as he exited, still carrying the rifle, Ellis said.

That officer, Cpl. Kenneth Fox, a 17-year veteran, and the first officer who shot at Thomas, Cpl. Michael Soden, a six-year veteran, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the police investigation, authorities said.

Also on Monday, police identified the two people shot by an officer on Friday after they shoplifted from a Rugged Warehouse store in College Park. Jeffery Goliath Bright, 23, of Baltimore was driving the car that backed up over an officer's foot while his arm was trapped in the window, police said, and Rodney Gordon Bailey, 23, was in the passenger seat, police said.

Bright remains hospitalized in critical condition; Bailey was released, Ellis said. He said both will be charged with theft, and Bright will also be charged with second-degree assault.

Bailey and his attorney declined to comment. The officer who shot him has been identified as Police Officer First Class Jonathan Hill, an eight-year veteran.

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