A Howard County police officer shot a Prince George's County man who nearly struck the officer with a vehicle early Friday morning in an upscale Clarksville neighborhood, the department said.
The suspect, who has only been identified by police as a 38-year-old man from Prince George's County, is in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The officer was not injured.
Police said the officer was called around 3:15 a.m. to a home in the 7200 block of Fawn Crossing Drive where an unknown suspicious vehicle was parked in a driveway.
When the officer arrived, police said the car was unoccupied and the officer called for a tow truck to remove it. At about 4:30 a.m., the officer saw a man walking along the street toward the vehicle, and the man told the officer he was the driver. The officer then determined that the man had an open arrest warrant in an auto theft case.
At that point, the man then jumped into the vehicle and "drove directly at the officer, who fired one shot, striking the suspect," the department said in a statement.
The department has not yet released the officer's name but said he is a 10-year veteran of the police department.
Police said they are continuing to investigate why the man was in the neighborhood.
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