PALMER PARK, Md. (WJLA) - Jimmie Fuller reflects on a wild day from his living room in Temple Hills, Maryland.
“This day and age, people do anything, anything! Nothing is safe anymore. Nope, nothing is safe," he says."
Fuller says that early Monday morning, his son Gary – who is a U.S. Park Police officer – came over on his off-duty time to drive his mother to an appointment. And when Gary started his mother’s car, a Toyota Corolla, he decided to leave it running so it could warm up on a cold day.
"And she came out of the basement, looked out the window and said, 'Who's driving my car?'" recalls Jimmie.
According to P.G. County Police, someone had hopped into that car and sped off. Fuller says his son Gary, a 17-year veteran officer, reacted quickly.
"He just jumped up and ran out of the house," he says.
The suspect, 20-year-old Rahman Elijah Mills was taken into custody and is charged with attempted second degree murder, first degree assault, reckless endangerment and other charges.
Police say it took Officer Fuller in his personal vehicle only a couple of blocks to track down the suspect. He caught up to him at Lyons and Olson Streets, where investigators say Fuller identified himself as an officer and ordered the suspect out of the car.
That’s when the suspect revved the engine and drove right at Officer Fuller – who fired several times and hit his mother’s Corolla.
“Gary confronted him and tried to run him down, and that’s when he shot at him," says Jimmie. "Which I thought was right; the car was a weapon. If you try to run over me, I’m going to shoot you."
The suspect then drove off and got away, the stolen Toyota found abandoned a short time later in Hillcrest Heights.
Jimmy Fuller and his wife are relieved their son was not hit or hurt.
“You have your property, you pay for it, you work hard for it and then to have someone come and take it from you with no second thought -- I mean, she’s an elderly woman, come on now!" says neighbor Chris Hawkins.
Police say it isn’t clear whether the suspect was hit by the gunfire, but they do currently have a person of interest in this case. No one has been arrested or charged yet.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Park Police says the officer involved is not injured and currently on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at (301) 772-4925.