LAUREL, Md. (WJLA) - The man who authorities believe shot a law enforcement officer in Howard County on Thursday has been captured, Laurel Police officials say.
The take down happened just after 8:30 this morning. That's when suspected cop shooter Stephon Prather was taken into custody on Route 1.
“We saw Prather walking down Route 1 this morning and we were able to take him into custody,” says Howard County Police Chief William McMahon.
Howard County officer Steven Houk, 30, remains in serious condition Thursday after he was shot allegedly by Prather Wednesday afternoon as he and another officer responded to a report of a man with a gun. Police say as the officers approached Prather, who opened fire without warning near the 9500 block of Washington Boulevard.
Freddy Pina, who witnessed the shooting, may also be something of a hero. After an all-night police manhunt, it was Pina who alerted police when he spotted an injured Prather using two sticks as crutches as he hobbled along Route1.
“I was, like, not sure but then it had to be him what is he doing right there,” he says.
His capture nearby came as a relief to many here. Neighbor Lea Thompson says her family had a long sleepless night.
“Wouldn't let my kids going outside didn't know where he was running where he would go who he would get,” Thompson says.
Howard County’s police chief says the fear was justified.
“This guy took a shot at a cop so we were very concerned about what he may also do,” McMahon says.