Suspects could be charged in death of PGPD officer
It remains to be seen if two suspects who fled from police Monday in Prince George's County will be charged in the death of one of the officers trying to catch them.
Officer Adrian Morris died after losing control of his vehicle and flipping on I-95 near Powder Mill Road Monday. He was trying to catch two suspects who had allegedly stolen a car and tried to break in to other vehicles.
"Their actions caused the death of Adrian Morris,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw said of the suspects at a press conference Friday.
The Prince George’s County state’s attorney says she won’t know if charges can be filed until after a full investigation is completed.
“Potentially vehicular manslaughter is a charge that we could be looking at,” said Angela Alsobrooks. "We have to wait until we receive all the evidence in the case, but if it points toward that, I can assure you that I will file the appropriate charges."
Kevon Neal of Fort Washington was the alleged driver of the stolen car. Kenneth Mitchell Jr. of the District was allegedly the passenger.
Neal turned himself in Thursday night and Mitchell was taken into custody earlier in the week.
At Neal’s grandmother’s house Saturday, relatives and friends of both suspects told ABC7 they don’t think either man should be charged in connection with Morris’s death.
“It was an accident, that's what it was,” said friend Michael Evans. “There wasn't anything intentional."
"Charges should only be towards what they were actually doing, which involved the cars and things of that nature,” said Marie Hayes, who is the godsister of Mitchell and also close to Neal. “I'm not saying they're right, but I'm not saying the police are right."
Hayes says she feels police shouldn’t have chased the suspects for a non-violent crime.
Chief Magaw says there will be a review of what happened so officers can learn for the future, but he also says Morris along with partner Mike Risher – who survived the crash – were doing their job.
"I believe that both these young officers were protecting this community and the citizens of this community,” Magaw said. “And that was their first priority.”