Fairmount Heights police shot and killed a man last night outside the police station during a confrontation, according to the Prince George's County police department, which is investigating the matter.

The incident began about 6:40 p.m., when someone entered the Fairmount Heights police station at 6100 Jost St., near the D.C. line, to report that a man parked outside had a gun, said Cpl. Joe Merkel, a spokesman for the county police.

Two Fairmount Heights officers approached the car, and a confrontation ensued, Merkel said. The man then drove off, dragging one of the officers, who may have been holding onto the car or the driver. The officer suffered minor injuries.

At that point, one or both officers opened fire, striking the driver multiple times, Merkel said. The car stopped in the road about 50 yards away, and a handgun believed to belong to the man was recovered at the scene, Merkel said.

The driver, who was in his late twenties, was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead late last night, Merkel said. The driver and the officers were not identified last night.

Officials of the Fairmount Heights police department, which has 13 officers, declined to comment.

Police investigate near the Fairmount Heights police station, where an officer was dragged by a car and a motorist was fatally shot.