Man shoots 2 Prince George's cops sent to wrong home to serve warrant, won't be charged


Two Prince George's County Police officers were injured after a man opened fire with a shotgun at the Forestville apartment building where they were attempting to serve a warrant around 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

The man who fired the gun will not be charged. That's because he was not the suspect they were after.

The police department said in a Thursday afternoon press conference that the officers were attempting to serve a warrant in the 2700 block of Lorring Drive, where they thought a suspect in a drug case lived. The man who actually lives there was defending himself from what he thought was a home invasion, according to police chief Henry P. Stawinski III.

He and State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks have agreed that the man will not be charged criminally for his actions.

At a Thursday press conference, the chief called the man a "law-abiding, hardworking citizen" who did not know police officers were attempting to enter his residence. He fired a single shot before the door was open and "acted to protect himself and to protect his daughter."

"Our investigation led us to the wrong address, however, we did not serve a search warrant at the wrong address," Stawinski said at the press conference.

Police said both officers were flown to Baltimore Shock Trauma, but their injuries are non-life-threatening. One officer was shot in the hand and the other was shot in the shoulder.

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