Authorities said a Bowie police officer fired his weapon Tuesday after an incident involving two carjackings and a vehicle chase that ended in the District. There were no injuries.
It started around 3:30 a.m. when officers responded to a report of a carjacking in progress in the 15400 block of Jenkins Ridge Road. When officers arrived, they saw several suspects trying to steal two vehicles — an SUV and a Mercedes, said Bowie Police Chief John Nesky.
Police officers were able to catch one of the suspects in the SUV, but another person fled in a cargo van.
The van driver, however, came back to the scene and rammed an officer’s parked police cruiser. An officer then fired his weapon. Nesky said he did not know if the officer was inside the cruiser at the time.
The van then fled the area again, starting a chase that went along the Beltway and eventually into the District. The suspect finally “bailed out” in the 3500 block of 6th Street SE, according to Nesky.
Nesky said that police in the District held two suspects on charges unrelated to the car thefts. He said authorities are investigating whether the suspects were also involved in the carjackings. No one was injured in the incident.