Man charged with attempt to murder police officer

November 16, 1995|By Ed Heard | Ed Heard,SUN STAFF

Howard County police charged a Prince George's County man yesterday with attempted murder of a police officer who shot him Monday night when he tried to hit the officer with a stolen car, police said.

Rodney O'Brien Pitt, 38, of no fixed address, was being treated at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda for a gunshot wound to the groin yesterday, police said. He is to be transported to the Howard County Detention Center when doctors say he can be released, police said.

Charges against Mr. Pitt include theft, auto theft, assault with attempt to murder and attempted murder.

The officer who shot him, Pfc. Tyrone Queen, was on administrative leave yesterday, police said.

Police said Mr. Pitt was arrested after a patrol car tried to stop a Pontiac for a rear light violation in North Laurel Monday night.

The driver of the car sped away with police in pursuit, crashed through a barricade at the dead-end of a street and sped toward two police officers who went on foot to make an arrest, police said.

Officer Queen fired, striking the driver, and the car crashed down a trail and embankment at the Patuxent River, police said. Police found Mr. Pitt injured in nearby woods after a search.

The car was reported stolen from Washington, D.C., and had registration plates stolen from Prince George's County, police said.

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