Police recover vehicle suspected in pursuit that killed P.G. officer

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Local,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

D.C. police said they have recovered the vehicle that authorities believe was the one two Prince George's County police officers were following before one of them was killed and the other was injured in a crash on Interstate 95.

Police found the stolen gray Acura at about 3 a.m. Tuesday in the 400 block of St. Louis Street SE, and one person was arrested. D.C. police spokesman Officer Anthony Clay said the suspect was a man. Clay said he did not know anything about the suspect's relationship to the incident the Prince George's officers were investigating before they crashed.

Shortly before noon Monday, the officers were called to the Shell gas station at 6600 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel for an attempted theft from an automobile. When the officers were at the scene, an employee noticed that the suspect vehicle had returned to the gas station.

The officers drove after the suspect vehicle; while they followed it on Interstate 95, their cruiser left the road and landed in a ditch. Officer Adrian Morris, 23, was ejected and was pronouced dead at a hospital. The other officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has ordered that the Maryland State Flag be flown at half mass until Morris' funeral, according to the Maryland Secretary of State's office.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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