Temple Hills

Prince George's Officer Shot Man in Temple Hills: Police

The shooting occurred outside Temple Hills Skate Palace, on Branch Avenue

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A Prince George’s County police officer shot and wounded a man in Temple Hills on Sunday after the man pulled out a gun, police said. 

The man was taken to a hospital in stable condition after being shot and is expected to survive, the Prince George’s County Police Department said. 

The shooting occurred outside the popular Temple Hills Skate Palace on Branch Avenue in Temple Hills, across from the Naylor Avenue Metro station. The skate arena was closed at the time of the shooting.

Officers responded at about 11:10 a.m. for a report of a carjacking, police said. They encountered two people. As officers spoke to the people, they ran in opposite directions, police said. 

A Prince George’s County officer chased one of the suspects, who got away. Then the officer opened fire on a man who authorities say "pulled a handgun from his waistband."

“One officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect in the lower body,” police said. 

The second person kept running and the search for them is ongoing. Police did not provide information on their gender or age, or give any description. 

Officers spent several hours documenting the scene in two areas of the parking lot and collecting several bags of evidence. Some five hours later, a truck towed two cars from the parking lot that were near the skating rink as police continue to investigate.

The officer who shot the suspect was a 16-year veteran of the force. No officers were hurt. 

Police say they recovered a handgun from the scene. 

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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