LA PLATA, Md. (Oct. 3, 2009) - The Charles County Sheriff's Office on Friday released the following report regarding an officer-involved shooting which resulted in the death of a suspect.
AGENCY-INVOLVED SHOOTING: The Charles County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting involving two Charles County Sheriff's Officers. On Oct. 2 at 3:25 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Nelson Point Road and Mason Springs Road in Pisgah. During the course of the stop, officers developed information that drugs were inside the vehicle. The driver and passenger were asked to exit the car at which point officers observed a large quantity of marijuana inside the vehicle. At that point, one of the suspects jumped into the driver's seat and attempted to flee. A struggle ensued between the suspect and officers during which the suspect attempted to grab one officer's handgun. Both officers discharged their firearms striking the suspect.
The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he died a short time later. The suspect's identity will be released once he has been positively identified.
In accordance with Agency policy, both officers were placed on administrative leave. The investigation is ongoing.