A man was shot in the hand and four Prince George’s County sheriff’s deputies sustained other injuries after a fight broke out between the man and the deputies when they tried to evict him from his West Lanham Hills home Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The incident occurred just before 1 p.m. at 7753 Garrison Road in West Lanham Hills, said Capt. Nancy Ridgely, a Prince George’s County Sheriff’s spokeswoman. She said deputies and others were trying to evict a man from his home when an “altercation ensued” at the front door between deputies at the man. In the course of the fight, at least one deputy fired his gun, Ridgely said.
Ridgely said that preliminarily, it appears the man was struck in the hand by gunfire and sustained some type of graze wound to the head. He was transported to the hospital with injuries not thought to be life threatening, Ridgely said. Four sheriff’s deputies were also injured during the scuffle; one has a concussion, another has a sprained ankle and two others have various “bumps and bruises,” Ridgely said. None of the deputies was shot, Ridgely said.
Ridgely said investigators are still probing all aspects of the incident, including whether the man might have fired shots at deputies. She said she believed the man was being evicted from a foreclosed home, though she was not certain of that.
Ridgely declined to identify the man because he remains hospitalized and has not been charged with any crimes.