Suspect in I-270 Shootings Arrested in Connecticut

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    A suspect wanted for shooting at an off-duty Prince George’s County police sergeant Thursday on Interstate 270 in Montgomery County, Md., has been captured in Connecticut.

    According to police, at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning the sergeant was driving in his personal vehicle home from work when he called Maryland State Police to inform them that he was following a light-colored Audi with Connecticut tags traveling erratically with its lights off at a high rate of speed on the Outer Loop of Interstate 495 near Georgia Avenue.

    State police said the sergeant told them after following the vehicle onto northbound I-270 someone in the Audi held a handgun out the window and fired at him. The sergeant continued to follow the car, which eventually ended up on southbound I-270 before exiting onto Father Hurley Boulevard, where the Audi stopped and again fired at him, police said.

    The sergeant continued to follow the Audi but eventually lost him. The sergeant and his vehicle were not struck by the gunfire and he did not fire back at the Audi, according to police.

    State police said that they were able to identify the suspect using the tag number the sergeant provided. That suspect, James H. Hill III, from New Haven, Conn., was arrested by authorities in Connecticut Thursday afternoon.

    State police said they obtained an arrest warrant charging Hill with attempted second-degree murder, reckless endangerment and first-degree assault. He is being held in Connecticut as a fugitive.