Life sentence: A Prince George's man was sentenced yesterday to three consecutive terms of life in prison for shooting and wounding two people last summer in Landover, officials said.

Circuit Court Judge William B. Spellbring Jr. also sentenced Manuel Best to three consecutive terms of 20 years in prison for three handgun violations. A county jury convicted Best of three counts of attempted murder, the handgun violations and four counts of reckless endangerment.

Last August, Best pointed a gun at an ex-girlfriend and fired but missed her, prosecutors said. Best then shot the ex-girlfriend's boyfriend, officials said. He then chased the ex-boyfriend's best friend and shot him in the back.


Officer shoots driver: A D.C. police officer shot and wounded the driver of a car in Southeast Washington yesterday after the officer tried to grab a gun from the man and the man drove off, dragging the officer, police said.

Officer Patrick Davis, 26, was cut on the arm and leg in the incident, which began with a traffic stop about 4:10 p.m. in the 300 block of 37th Street, police said. Davis reportedly spotted the man's gun as he approached the car, police said.

The motorist, identified as Moses Bell, 27, of no fixed address, was later arrested and taken to a hospital with a shoulder wound, police said. They said he was charged with assault with intent to kill.


* An 18-year-old man was fatally shot in Northeast Washington yesterday, D.C. police said. The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, was shot and walked to a gas station in the 4500 block of Benning Road NE about 3:15 a.m., police said. A clerk saw the man and called police, authorities said. The man died at Prince George's Hospital Center.


Robbery at gunpoint: A Reston couple were robbed at gunpoint early yesterday by three or four men wearing blue bandannas over their faces, in an incident Fairfax County police said they suspect was gang-related.

The man and woman were getting out of a car near South Lakes Drive and Pinecrest Road about 3:20 a.m. They were approached by three or four men, some holding baseball bats and one holding a pistol. Fairfax Officer Sophia Grinnan said the men asked the couple if they were gang members and were told no. The men then stole a wallet and purse from the man and woman.

Grinnan declined to say which gang might have been involved. Blue and white are the preferred colors of Mara Salvatrucha, the largest street gang in Northern Virginia.

Attack interrupted: A Fairfax County police officer saw and interrupted an apparent gang attack in progress last week in the Falls Church area and arrested four alleged gang members on felony charges, police said.

The victim, a 16-year-old male, was walking in the 6300 block of Route 7 about 4 p.m. Friday when he was approached from behind by four males wearing black bandannas over their faces. Fairfax police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said the men asked the teenager about his gang affiliation and began punching him.

Mulrenan said the officer who witnessed the incident intervened when punches were thrown. Two juveniles were charged with gang participation and disorderly conduct. Antonio B. Winfield, 24, of Woodbridge and Karim M. Fawzy, 19, of Alexandria were charged with gang participation, wearing masks in public and disorderly conduct. Police declined to name the gang to which the assailants allegedly claimed allegiance.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.