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Police arrest alleged gunman after standoff at Capitol Heights apartment complex

Prince George’s County police arrested a man Monday night after a more than two-hour barricade situation after shots were fired outside a CapitolHeights apartment complex, officials said.

Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 5200 block of Marlboro Pike at about 7:15 p.m., but they found no victims and initially found no gunman, said Cpl. Clinton Copeland, a police spokesman. But a witness told authorities that the man who had fired in the direction of an apartment building had hidden inside an apartment.

Officers established a perimeter around the apartment complex and SWAT units were called to the scene. Police found the man inside his apartment with two family members.

About 9:25 p.m., the man surrendered to police without incident, Copeland said. He was taken into custody on a reckless endangerment charge.

Officials did not immediately identify the man.

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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