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Suspect Arrested In Fatal Crash of Md. Officer

August 21, 2012  | 

Prince George's County (Md.) Police Officer Adrian Morris. Photo: PGPD
Prince George's County (Md.) Police Officer Adrian Morris. Photo: PGPD

Investigators located the silver Acura involved in the fatal crash of a Maryland police officer and arrested an occupant of the car early Tuesday, authorities said.

Members of the Metro (D.C.) Police Department's auto-theft unit found the vehicle at about 3 a.m. in Southeast Washington. The Acura TL had been reported stolen in Prince George's County, reports the Washington Post.

Investigators arrested an occupant of the vehicle and questioned him about the accident that resulted in the line-of-duty death of Prince George's County Police Officer Adrian Morris on Monday, P.G.P.D. announced via Twitter.

The incident began when Officer Morris and his partner, Officer Michael Risher, responded to a Shell gas station in Laurel at 11:50 a.m. to investigate a reported theft from a vehicle, according to the agency's news blog.

Two suspects who had attempted to enter a customer's car left the scene in a silver Acura with temporary tags. As responding officers interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence, a gas station employee spotted the Acura returning to the gas station.

Video surveillance still from Shell gas station in Laurel. Photo: PGPD
Video surveillance still from Shell gas station in Laurel. Photo: PGPD

Officers Morris and Risher initiated a pursuit and caught up to the Acura heading south on Interstate 95. Witnesses said the Acura ran the cruiser off the road into a ditch near Powder Mill Road at about 1 p.m.

Officer Morris, who was driving, was ejected from the vehicle and suffered traumatic head injuries. He died at the hospital. Officer Risher suffered multiple injuries and was released from the hospital.

Officer Morris had served for 2 1/2 years, joining the agency after volunteering as a police explorer for five years. He became a U.S. citizen in 2009.

"Officer Morris represented the very best that our agency has to offer," said Chief Mark Magaw, who led a press conference Monday. "He wanted to be a Prince George's County police officer from a very young age, and it showed in all of his interactions with the community."

A Crime Solvers reward of up to $25,000 has been authorized for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the motorist who contributed to the death of Officer Morris.

Related:

VIDEO: Md. Cop Killed In Crash

Tags: Prince George's County (Md.) PD, Traffic Accident Investigation, Duty Deaths, Vehicle Pursuits


Comments (4)

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Ofc. King @ 8/21/2012 6:46 PM

R.I.P. brother, may God look after your family & loved ones.

Spectre 318 @ 8/22/2012 4:20 AM

Another senseless tragedy, compounded by the fact that an officer was thrown from the car. In all the years I worked as a police officer, I never saw anyone thrown from a car who was wearing their seatbelt. Although the article doesn't mention whether Officer Morris was wearing his, one can surmise that he wasn't. Please, ladies and gents, wear your seatbelts. I know they're an encumberance at times, but it's like wearing your vest on a hot day. Uncomfortable, but necessary.

I pray for Officer Morris' family, friends, and coworkers at PGPD.

Danny Johnson @ 8/22/2012 6:14 AM

RIP Brother. my prayers go out to your family, friends and comrades.

Leslie @ 8/22/2012 8:31 AM

he may have jumped in the car and had to react quickly. it does appear that he probably wasn't wearing it but there may be a reason why.

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