A Prince George’s County police officer shot and killed a man on Monday after police say he burglarized a Checkers restaurant and refused orders to drop a gun.
Anthony Trice Jr., 24, was shot after police say they caught him breaking into a Checkers in Clinton. He also was a suspect in burglaries at a Wendy’s and a Popeyes nearby.
Officers responded to a burglary alarm at Checkers in the 8800 block of Woodyard Road at 3:40 a.m.. They found Trice there at a safe.
The officers set up a perimeter around the restaurant and called to Trice to surrender. One officer said he saw that he was armed and warned the other officers.
Trice did not comply with the officers' order to surrender, Police Chief Hank Stawinski said at a press conference Monday.
Trice went out of a side door with the weapon in his hand and pointed it at at least two officers, police say. The officers ordered him to drop, and one of the officers fired a shot, hitting him once in the leg.
A handgun and screwdriver were recovered near where he fell, Stawinski said. A spent shell casing from the suspect's weapon also was found at the scene.
The officers rendered aid at the scene. Then, Trice died at a hospital. He lived on Piscataway Road in Clinton.
No officers were injured.
A camera on a police cruiser captured the incident, and the department plans to release the footage what they can, Stawinski said.
Investigators believe Trice may have been involved in the burglary of a nearby Popeyes. Stawinski said investigators are still looking through surveillance footage, but they believe he was responsible for burglaries.