In shootout with teen-ager, Prince George's officer is hit

April 18, 1992|By Roger Twigg | Roger Twigg,Staff Writer

An off-duty Prince George's County police officer, who was in civilian clothes at the time, was critically wounded Thursday night in a shootout with a teen-ager who attempted to rob him in Capitol Heights, the department said yesterday.

Officer Ryan Christopher Johnson, 25, was in critical but stable condition last night at Prince Georges County Hospital with five gunshot wounds in the lower torso and side.

Metropolitan police in Washington arrested two 17-year-old suspects -- one them apparently wounded in the shooting -- when they went to Washington General Hospital seeking treatment for the youth.

Capt. James White, a county police spokesman, said the shooting occurred about 10:40 p.m. Thursday as Officer Johnson, who was assigned to the uniform division at Oxon Hill, was about to pick up a friend in the 1000 block of Brooke Road in Capitol Heights and go out for the evening.

The suburban community of single-family homes and tree-lined streets was described by police as usually "quiet," with "very little crime."

But as Officer Johnson stepped out of his car, a late-model silver-gray station wagon pulled up behind him, and a man wielding a .38-caliber handgun demanded money, Captain White said.

Officer Johnson then pulled out a 9mm Beretta and exchanged several shots with the would-be robber.

The wounded suspect ran back to the station wagon, jumped in, and the driver sped off.

Two Metropolitan officers who were at the hospital for an unrelated matter heard a description of the getaway car and arrested the two men inside it as they arrived at the hospital, Captain White said.

Police said Terrence Brown, 17, of the 3500 block of Parkway Terrace Drive in Suitland was admitted to the hospital in good condition with at least one gunshot wound to the abdomen.

He was charged as an adult with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to rob.

The driver of the car, Harry Melvin Mayo, 17, of the 4300 block of Iowa Ave. in Northwest Washington was charged as an adult with assault with intent to rob. He was being held by Washington Metropolitan police.

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