Youth shot, captured after high-speed chase

December 05, 1992|By William F. Zorzi Jr. | William F. Zorzi Jr.,Staff Writer

CAPITOL HEIGHTS -- A Prince George's County office

yesterday shot and wounded one of two juveniles in a stolen car who led police on a high-speed chase before trying to run down the officer, officials said.

A 15-year-old Largo youth -- a passenger in the stolen car who was not identified because he is a juvenile -- was taken to Prince George's Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the left arm and released, police reported.

Before being released to the custody of his parents, he was arrested and charged with auto theft, police said.

Edward Arthur Armwood, 16, of the 7300 block of Bellehaven Court in Landover -- identified by police as the driver -- was arrested and charged as an adult with assault with intent to murder and auto theft, and other traffic offenses, police said. He was being held last night, pending a bail hearing.

An officer who assisted in the arrest also was treated at the hospital and released, after being bitten by the Armwood youth during a scuffle when the two teen-agers were arrested, police said.

Police reported the incident began about noon, when Officer John L. Bagileo, a three-year veteran in the community policing project, spotted a blue Honda Accord in Landover that had been reported stolen.

When Officer Bagileo signaled for the driver to pull over, the vehicle sped away toward Capitol Heights. At one point, the Honda jumped a curb and headed for a wooded area, police reported. Anticipating that the youths would abandon the vehicle in the woods, Officer Bagileo got out of his police cruiser. But the youths did not leave the car, police said.

Instead, the driver turned around and headed for the officer, who in turn fired three shots from his 9mm handgun. The driver then changed direction and headed again for the wooded area, before becoming lodged on a pile of rocks a few minutes later, police said.

At that point, police arrested the two, but not before one officer was bitten, they reported. Officer Bagileo was placed on routine administrative leave, pending an internal review of the incident, police said.

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