Man in trooper case is located

By Clarence Williams and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, June 13, 2010

A man who had been described as a person of interest in the killing of a Maryland state police trooper was located Saturday by the Prince George's County police, but officials said the man was not under arrest.

"We want to see what information he can give us," said Maj. Andy Ellis, a police spokesman.

He said that finding the man will allow police "to continue to move forward" in investigating the death of Trooper Wesley Brown. Brown was fatally shot early Friday outside a Forestville restaurant where he was working part time as a security guard.

About 30 minutes before being shot in the darkness by an unknown assailant, Brown had thrown out a patron who had refused to pay his bill.

Police had described that customer as a "person of interest" in the shooting, and had released what they said were photographs and a description of the man.

Few details were divulged Saturday night of the circumstances under which the man was located.

Ellis said the man was found early Saturday night but that he did not know where.

He said identifying and finding the man was aided by numerous tips received from the public.

"It's not an arrest," he said Saturday night. Police "still have a ways to go in this investigation."

Brown was fatally shot about 12:40 a.m. outside the Applebee's where he was working.

Brown walked out of the restaurant toward his brown state police cruiser, which was parked nearby. He was talking on his cellphone. He wore a jacket that was marked with the word "police."

He was not in uniform, but authorities said it was clear that he was a state trooper, and police described his killing as an ambush.

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