Two people, including the suspect, are dead after an incident in which a man exchanged gunfire with police officers in Prince George’s County, MD, early Tuesday.
The incident unfolded just before 1 a.m. in Lanham, MD, the Washington Post reports.
Officers responded to a call about a suicidal person who “possibly had a gun,” according to police. When the officers arrived, “the man shot at officers, who returned fire,” Prince George’s County police said on Twitter.
Hector Velez, the interim police chief in Prince George’s County, said one of the officers was still in his patrol car “when a bullet came through the windshield.” That officer got out of his car and took cover behind another patrol car, according to Velez.
The man then got into the empty police car, turned it around and drove toward officers, he said. Velez said the man struck and killed one of his family members who was in the road. She had come to the scene to try to help “de-escalate the situation,” according to Velez.
Police said the man then drove the police car, jumped a curb and sideswiped two other police vehicles before hitting another police vehicle head on.
The man was killed in the incident.