Three police officers were brutally ambushed Sunday evening near Hyattsville, Maryland. One civilian was also wounded in the shootout. “Within seconds of arriving, they were under fire.”
Officers ambushed and shot
According to Interim Police Chief Hector Velez, three officers with the Prince George’s County Police were ambushed when they responded to a “home invasion” robbery call Sunday evening. “Within seconds of arriving,” around 6:35 p.m. on August 23, “they were under fire,” Chief Velez seethes. The community is located roughly 32 miles southwest of Baltimore.
At 6:35 pm Sunday, we responded to a call in the 1300 block of Capital View Terrace. 3 of our officers who arrived in the area were shot. They were rushed for treatment. We returned fire. 2 males are in custody. They were not struck. We will update soon.
— PGPDNEWS (@PGPDNews) August 23, 2020
When Police approached the home in the 1300-block of Capitol View Terrace, their assailants were waiting and deliberately ambushed them. Two of the wounded officers were “saved” by their vests,” Velez describes. One of the officers “was struck in the chest and had injuries to an arm and a leg.” Another officer was shot in the back. The third officer was wounded in the foot.” A civilian was also transported for medical attention.
The police returned fire at the men who ambushed them but none of the suspects were hit. Two alleged criminals are safely in custody. Police do not appear to be actively searching for any other suspects at this time.
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— Darcy Spencer (@darcyspencer) August 23, 2020
Drove themselves to the hospital
In a press conference later from the hospital, Chief Velez explained that after the gun battle, the ambushed officers rapidly “provided themselves with ‘self-care’ after being shot, which allowed them to be transported to a hospital for further treatment.”
There was a little bit of further confusion when dispatch was unable to get the ambulance transporting the ambushed cops on the radio. “MD46 not answering the radio” they worried. Ranking officers were quick to clarify, “CMD to communications a police officer is driving the medic unit they don’t know you’re calling them.” The officer simply didn’t recognize the ambulance call sign.
As of this time, Police have not yet released the identities of the ambushed officers or the civilian, and this is a breaking story which will be updated as more information becomes available.