A man who allegedly fit the description of a suspect wanted in a holdup was shot and fatally wounded by Prince George's County police officer yesterday after he drew a pistol when he was asked to show identification, police reported.
Late last night investigators said they were still unsure whether the dead man, Robert Henry Thomas Jr., 27, of 34 Nicholson St. NW, Washington, was the person wanted in the holdup.
The shooting occurred about 3 p.m. after Cpl. Roger Burgess, responding to a lookout for a "suspicious person" in his vicinity wanted for the robbery of a fast-food restaurant, approached two men standing in front of the Jumbo Super Market at New Hampshire and Eastern avenues in Takoma Park.
When Burgess asked the men to produce identification, one did and the other, Thomas, backed away and drew a silver-plated handgun from his coat, according to police. At this point, Burgess drew his revolver and fired several times, police said, adding that is was not immediately known whether Thomas fired any shots.
Last night, police charged Vonder B. Payne of the 5400 block of Kansas Avenue NW, the man identified as being with Thomas, with carrying a concealed weapon -- a handgun.
Officer Rogers was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.