BOWIE, Md. (WJLA) - Prince George's County Police have taken over the investigation into an officer-involved shooting that left a 26-year-old man seriously injured. A couple at the crime scene, who identified themselves as the parents of the injured man, told ABC7 their son is Joey Moreland.
Around 2:30 p.m. Friday, Bowie Police arrived at a home near the corner of Keynote and Kennison Lanes. Officers had received information that a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation was inside. Shortly after parking their squad cars out front, Moreland ran from the back of the home and sprinted half of a block up Kennison Lane.
With officers closing in, Moreland allegedly hopped into a dark-colored Dodge pick-up truck sitting in a driveway. The owner had reportedly left the keys in the ignition while running inside to grab something he'd forgotten.
Police say the 26-year-old then backed onto Kennison Lane and began driving eastbound toward a Bowie detective and sergeant standing in the roadway. Both officers fired their service weapons, hitting Moreland at least once in the "upper body." At a 4 p.m. media conference, Bowie Police Chief John Nesky said, "everything on the surface appears to be a justified shooting."
Video from NewsChopper 7 showed multiple bullet holes in the windshield of the pick-up truck and two citizen vehicles struck in the incident. It's unclear if those cars were parked or occupied at the time.
"Look at this, it's nuts. I mean we have news trucks out front of our house, just making the place look like it's crazy you know," said Chris Voss, who came home from work to find police tape and flashing police lights.
Moreland's mother sat inside her Chrysler Pacifica, stunned by the situation her 26-year-old son had fallen into.
"He's a good person, he's a hard worker --- when he's not on the drugs. He would do anything, he would give the shirt off his back. It's just you know, people fall into bad things," Norita Moreland said.
An addiction to crack cocaine led to her son's criminal record for crimes like burglary and auto theft, said Moreland. Last month, Moreland demonstrated tough love, kicking her son out of her Hyattsville home.
"So he started splitting his time between College Park and Anne Arundel County. He came to this house today to drop-off diapers for his 14-month-old daughter. It was his baby momma's house," Moreland added.
The phone call bearing bad news came while Norita Moreland was at work. By 3:30 p.m., she had already contacted her attorney to look into the shooting.
"My son's not a vicious person. He's tied up in drugs yeah, he steals, but come on. To shoot someone in the face over a stolen vehicle. He wasn't going to hit nobody, he wasn't trying to hurt nobody. It's ridiculous," Moreland concluded.
This marks the second officer-involved shooting since the Bowie Police Department launched in February 2007. The two officers that fired their weapons are currently on paid administrative leave, which is standard police procedure. Chief Nesky described both as "experienced" officers.
As of 5 p.m. Friday, Moreland remained in stable condition at Prince George's General Hospital.