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Police dashcam video shows intense shoot-out in Prince George's County

New dashcam video released by police shows one of the suspects shooting at Prince George's County officers responding to a call on Sunday. (Video courtesy of Prince George's County Police){p}{/p}
New dashcam video released by police shows one of the suspects shooting at Prince George's County officers responding to a call on Sunday. (Video courtesy of Prince George's County Police)

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The Prince George's County Police Department has released dashcam video showing part of an intense shootout that injured three police officers on Sunday night.

Investigators say officers rushed to a townhome on Capital View Terrace in Landover in response to a 911 call about a home invasion and robbery. According to court documents, the female caller stated someone was in her house, and dispatchers could hear a male voice in the background asking for money.

The footage made public on Monday shows the first responding officer pull up to the scene in his patrol car at about 6:35 p.m. Sunday.

"He observed a vehicle parked on the right side of the road, and two individuals walking toward it. At that point, the officer exited his vehicle and engaged those individuals in conversation," Interim Police Chief Hector Velez said on Monday. "Immediately upon engaging them in conversation, those two individuals opened fire at our police officer. Our police officer managed to duck down behind the door, but unfortunately, he was shot three times."

Velez said the officer was shot in the right leg, the chest, and the right arm.

That officer returned fire, but police said neither of the suspects were struck. Then as the suspects drove away, investigators say they shot and injured two more officers before crashing their car into a tree on Capital View Terrace.

Authorities said Monday that 45-year-old Andre Larnell Smith and 27-year-old Steven Maurice Warren were taken into custody following the crash.

Warren and Smith are now facing a long list of charges including three counts of attempted first-degree murder, three counts of attempted second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault, and three counts of second-degree assault. Both also have been charged with the use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

On Monday, Velez said two of the three injured officers have been released from the hospital. The third officer is still hospitalized, but Velez said he underwent a successful surgery on Monday.

"That's what our officers do, they serve the community. They do so knowing that they're putting their lives on the line, and in fact, three officers last night did just that," the chief said.

The wounded officers include a 15-year veteran, an officer with five years of service, and one who joined the department four years ago.

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PGPD called the shooting an "unprovoked attack" on those officers.

Prince George's County Police release dashcam video of the shootout:

Prince George's County police say a total of four officers shot their service guns at the scene and they are now on routine administrative leave pending an investigation.

County Executive Angela Alsobrooks said she had reviewed video of the incident and she was proud of the officers for the "professionalism and poise" they showed in a dangerous situation.

"Just nothing but the grace of God that allowed these three officers to live through this incident, as well as the two who've been charged. It is really just the grace of God that nobody was killed in this incident. And it is sheer bravery that has allowed us to be here today, the bravery of these officers who responded with only one thing in mind, to save the homeowner who called," said Alsobrooks. "Their training worked. Their training worked."

Anyone with information that could help the ongoing investigation is asked to call PGPD detectives at 301-856-2660. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online.

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