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Police identify officer who fired his gun at Bladensburg man armed with a butcher knife

Prince George’s County police have identified the officer who fired his gun at a man armed with a butcher knife earlier this week as Sgt. Milton Chabla.

Chabla was parked in his marked police cruiser around midnight on Sunday when a man who was “speaking incoherently” knocked on the window of his cruiser and spit in the car, authorities said.

When Chabla got out of the car, he saw Ivanilov Tembi Fomukong, 22, armed with a butcher knife, police said. When a stun gun didn’t subdue Fomukong, Chabla fired his gun and hit Fomukong in the leg, police said.

Chabla was “fearing for the safety of himself and the officers on the scene,” according to an earlier statement from Prince George’s police.

Fomukong has been charged with first- and second-degree assault in connection with the incident, authorities said.

Chabla, a 16-year veteran is assigned to the Bureau of Patrol in District I, is on routine administrative leave until the department completes its internal investigation.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.

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