PRINCE GEORGES COUNTY

1 Charged, 1 Sought in Shooting of Maryland Officer

The Riverdale Park police officer who was shot was treated and released from the hospital

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One suspect is in custody for allegedly opening fire on officers and wounding one officer after they tried to arrest him Monday for a previous shooting. A second suspect is still sought.

Josue Albarran-Dominguez, 20, of Riverdale, Maryland, faces several charges, including assault, according to the Prince George's County Police Department.

The Riverdale Park police officer who was shot was treated and released from the hospital

"It's a chief's worst nightmare," Riverdale Park Police Chief David Morris said of the shooting.

The officer was shot while pursuing a suspect who was wanted for a double shooting and pistol-whipping on Halloween morning, in which the victims sustained injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening. Riverdale Park police spotted a vehicle Monday night that was connected to that incident.

"Several officers engaged in a pursuit across several jurisdictions," Morris said. "An assisting jurisdiction deployed stop sticks and was able to blow the tires on the suspect vehicle."

The chase came to an end at East West Highway and Taylor Road in Riverdale Park. Police say the two suspects ran while firing at officers, striking the Riverdale Park officer and the cruiser of a Greenbelt officer. The officers returned fire in self-defense, Morris said.

Multiple police agencies responded after the radio call reporting that an officer had been shot.

It's a chief's worst nightmare.

Riverdale Park Police Chief David Morris

A man matching the description of one of the suspects was spotted by Bladensburg police at about 2 a.m. Tuesday, just a few miles from where the officer was shot.

"He fled, refused to stop, and he produced a handgun, tripped and fell," said Bladensburg Police Chief Tyrone Collington Sr. "Officers were able to secure him and recover the firearm. There's a lot of guns involved in this case …. Unfortunately, that's what's happening nowadays, the gun violence; we've seen an increase."

Albarran-Dominguez was taken into custody in the 5000 block of 57th Avenue in Bladensburg. He was charged with assault, gun offenses and several additional charges that were not named by the Prince George's County Police Department.

He was held without bond.

In the meantime, police are looking for a second suspect. Authorities said multiple guns have been found, the investigation is just beginning.

The officer who was shot has only been on the street a few months.

"He graduated from the Prince George's Police Department earlier this year, so he's been with the department over a year, but only on the street for about six or eight months," Morris said.

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