Man Denied Bail In Shooting Of Officer Who Wore Vest

August 02, 1991|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A Prince George's County man was ordered held without bond yesterday, charged with attempting to murder a county police officer last weekend.

A bulletproof vest saved the life of Officer Greg Overstreet,who was shot twice at point-blank range Friday night as he struggledwith Michael Keith Scott, 19, in Pioneer City, police said.

During a bail-review hearing in District Court, Judge Joseph Manck said it was fortunate -- for both Overstreet and Scott -- that Overstreet was wearing a vest. The judge said he did not feel "comfortable" setting a bond for Scott.

"If Mr. Scott is willing to shoot an armed police officer, he is willing to use violence against anyone," he said.

Scott, of the 7900 block Roxbury Court in Palmer Park, isbeing held in the County Detention Center. He also is charged with distribution of cocaine and carrying a handgun.

Scott is a native of Trinidad and has lived in this country since he was 4, said CynthiaScott, his mother, who was flanked by family members in court. Otherfamily members would not comment.

Wednesday evening, Prince George's County police arrested Scott at his home when they served him with two unrelated arrest warrants, court records said.

Anne Arundel County police Detective Don Hauf said yesterday that there has been aturf battle in Pioneer City between out-of-town drug dealers and local dealers since the start of the summer.

Scott became a suspect in another shooting in which the victim told police that the man who shot him was a drug dealer from the Washington area and was known on the street as "Flavor."

In that incident, Scott is charged with assault with intent to murder in the shooting of James Jones, 19, in the1900 block of Arwell Court. Jones was shot in the leg during a dispute over drug transactions just hours before Overstreet was shot, charging documents said.

Hauf and Detective David Harp took information about that shooting to Prince George's County police, along with the name of an associate of Flavor's. They crossed-checked that person's name in police files and came up with Flavor's legal name, togetherwith a picture of him from previous arrests as a juvenile, Hauf said.

According to charging documents, Jones identified Smith as the gunman in a photographic lineup Tuesday. After police served the warrant for that shooting and questioned Scott, he admitted shooting Overstreet, police charging documents said.

Scott also is charged with battery in the July 3 pistol-whipping of Jimmie Lewis Foreman, 24, inthe 1900 block of Arwell Court, charging documents show.

Overstreet was shot about midnight Friday after he spotted two men in a wooded area near Arwell Court. The six-year police veteran put on his darkblue police jacket, as well as a baseball hat and hid in the shadows, observing the two men.

After a few minutes, he approached them and one of the pair ran away. According to police, Overstreet grabbed one man by the arm and he dropped two packets of cocaine on the ground. When Overstreet bent down to pick them up, the man shoved him and ran. Overstreet tackled the man and was shot once in the center of the chest and a second time in the shoulder during the scuffle.

Police also charged Richard Cedric Taylor, 18, of the 8400 block Hamlin Street in Lanham, with attempted murder after police found he gave Scott the .22-caliber handgun used in the Overstreet shooting.

Shortly before Overstreet was shot, police received a call from a man at a pay phone outside a convenience store in Pioneer City. The man told police there was a gunman in the 1900 block Arwell Court.

Detectives hope that caller will contact Hauf at 222-3461. His identity will remain confidential, Hauf said.

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