Officer Shoots Suspected Burglar at Laurel Grocery Store

A police officer shot and wounded a man at a grocery store in Maryland, Sunday night, police said. 

Laurel police said they received a burglary alarm call from Indus Food International Market on 4th Street about 11:15 p.m. Sunday. 

A 15-year-old suspect ran from the store and refused commands to stop, Laurel Police said. Police used a Taser to subdue him, then took him to a hospital. Then he was released to his mother.  

The second suspect, a 20-year-old man, remained inside the store, police said. Four officers with their weapons drawn went to the back of the building to search it, and one of the officers fired his gun when he was startled by movement in the dark after opening a back door, Laurel Police said.

The suspect is in stable condition after surgery at MedStar. 

The shooting appears to be unintentional, police said. Laurel Police are cooperating with the Prince George's County State's Attorney's Office.

Police are reviewing video of the inicident.

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Detectives will try to determine if this burglary is conntected to a November break-in when someone stole $5,000 and a December break-in when $8,000 was taken, police said.

The officer who shot the suspect, a 17-year veteran of the Laurel Police Department, was placed on routine paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

This is the first police-involved shooting in Laurel since 2003. The town is located midway between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.

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