Man Wounded in Shootout With Police A Prince George's County police officer and a sheriff's deputy shot at a man and might have wounded him in the leg early yesterday after confronting him in the parking lot of a Hyattsville nightclub where they were working a security detail, according to Prince George's police.

About 3 a.m., the officer and deputy were trying to arrest the man, who reportedly fired shots outside Millennium Nightclub in the 2000 block of University Boulevard, when he ran away. That man continued to exchange shots with a man in a moving vehicle before pointing his gun at the officers, police said.

Both officers fired their guns. The man in the parking lot was hit once in the leg, but it is unclear whether the wound came from shots fired by the officers or the man in the car, who fled, police said.

Police arrested the wounded man, whose name has not been released. Police are investigating and looking for other suspects. Both officers are on paid administrative leave, and their names will be released after a 24-hour waiting period, said police Cpl. Tammy Sparkman.

Anne Arundel House Fire Claims Victim One person died in a fire early yesterday that destroyed a house in northern Anne Arundel County, fire department officials said.

The county fire marshal has not determined the cause of the blaze that engulfed a one-story, wooden house in the 8200 block of New Cut Road in Severn about 10 a.m., Lt. Frank Fennell said. Firefighters found the victim's remains in a bedroom, where they believe the fire started, he said. Two cats also died in the blaze.

Fire officials would not release the victim's name nor say whether the victim was male or female, pending positive identification and notification of family.

Boy Dies After Fall Through Ice An 8-year-old boy died last night after he fell through ice on a lake in Ocean City and was submerged for more than 40 minutes.

Police identified the boy as Sam Wilkinson, whose address was not released. Nicholas McLoota, 10, also fell through the ice and was pulled from the water by police officers and firefighters. He was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was listed in critical condition last night.

The boys were chasing a ball across the ice on a man-made lake at Northside Park about 5:30 p.m. when they fell through, said Ocean City police Sgt. Regina Custer. Police said they believe the boys were members of an indoor lacrosse league that practices at the park's recreation center on Sundays; a lacrosse stick was seen lying on the surface of the lake.

Ocean City police spokesman Barry Neeb described the patchy ice as "treacherous."

"If you or I looked at it, we wouldn't dream of going on it," he said. "Some of the edges were still unfrozen. But kids look at it and think they can make it."

About 50 people gathered around the lake as divers from Ocean City and Millville, Del., searched for the younger boy, Neeb said.

Man Killed in Crash Identified Montgomery County police yesterday identified Benjamin David Brooks, 21, of Clarksburg as the man killed Saturday morning in a 1998 Honda Civic that had landed upside down in a creek bed in the Montgomery Village area.

Police have not determined the cause of the crash nor how Brooks died. A preliminary investigation showed that Brooks, who lived in the 13500 block of Prices Distillery Road, had been traveling south on Wightman Road, approaching Aspenwood Lane, police said. As his car rounded a curve, it went off the road, crossed a yard and struck an embankment of the shallow creek before stopping.


Fire Extinguished at Nepalese Embassy Fire investigators are unsure what sparked a fire that destroyed a small room in the basement of the Nepalese embassy last night, a spokesman for the D.C. fire department said.

The blaze began about 7:30 p.m., when an automatic alarm alerted the department to flames in the embassy at 2730 34th Pl. NW, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter.

The fire was extinguished quickly and without injury, Etter said. No one was in the building when the fire broke out.

South Capitol Street Session Saturday The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold its third community workshop to elicit comment on the South Capitol Street/Frederick Douglass Bridge gateway project from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Savoy Elementary School, 2400 Shannon Pl. SE.

The workshop will cover five transportation options, ranging from no change to a new or improved bridge and a tunnel, as well as three right-of-way designs for each option that would affect the street's width and appearance.

The South Capitol Street corridor study area runs along South Capitol Street, from the U.S. Capitol to Suitland Parkway and along New Jersey Avenue from the Capitol to M Street SW and SE. The study includes transit, bicycle, pedestrian and other neighborhood and transportation improvements.

Additional information and opportunities for public comment are available on the department's Web site,


Caucuses Set for Arlington Election

The Arlington County Republican and Democratic committees have scheduled their caucuses for the special election March 11 to fill the seat vacated by the death of County Board Chairman Charles P. Monroe.

Democratic Committee officials announced yesterday that they will hold an open caucus Feb. 4 and will accept candidates until Jan. 28. Former County Board chairman Albert C. Eisenberg and community activists Christian Dorsey and Walter Tejada have said they plan to seek the nomination to succeed Monroe, who suffered a brain aneurysm as he presided over his first public meeting of the board Jan. 11.

Republicans will hold their caucus Jan. 25. Michael W. Clancy has announced that he plans to run.

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't go home and grab my kids. They are my driving force in staying with this."

-- Stacey Bradley, a supervisor with the FBI's Operation Innocent Images in Prince George's County -- an initiative to thwart people who engage

in online child pornography or child sex exploitation -- and the

mother of two young boys. -- Page B1

Compiled from reports by staff writers Colleen Jenkins, Petula Dvorak and Caryle Murphy and the Associated Press.