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Police officer shot in Prince George’s County

A police officer was shot and wounded Saturday night and a suspect was also hit in an exchange of gunfire in the District Heights area of Prince George’s County.

The wounds suffered by the officer, a member of the District Heights Police Department, were not believed to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The suspect’s condition could not be learned immediately. County police said that officers had followed a car after a commercial robbery.

Both the officer and the suspect were taken to a hospital after the shooting, which occurred about 9 p.m. on Parkland Court, near Marlboro Pike.

Eddie L. Martin, the vice mayor of District Heights, said in a telephone interview from the hospital that a bullet-resistant vest worn by the officer protected him.

A shot “struck his vest,” Martin said.

Martin said late Saturday that he could not comment further because the matter remained under investigation.

District Heights is a city of about 6,000 near Marlboro Pike and Silver Hill Road, with an area of about one square mile.

It has a 12-member police department, Martin said.

The shooting took place in Parkland Village, a development of two- and three-story brick apartments.

Several residents there said their street, Parkland Court, is generally serene.

“It’s very nice and quiet here,” said one.

One said she heard three gunshots — “pop-pop-pop” — before the arrival of police, who strung crime-scene tape around the area.

The section of Marlboro Pike around the corner from the shooting scene is a commercial strip with small stores and restaurants on each side.

The shooting was the second this week in the Washington area in which an officer was struck.

A D.C. police officer was wounded Tuesday night in an exchange of fire with a suspect in the Trinidad area of the city.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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