2 Prince George's sheriff's deputies shot to death

August 30, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

Two Prince George's County sheriff's deputies were shot to death last night while attempting to serve psychiatric commitment papers and take into custody one of two men in a house in Adelphi, authorities said.

The names of the deputies - a man and a woman - were not immediately divulged.

State police said the deputies were hit by a shotgun blast.

The man was pronounced dead inside the house in the 9300 block of Lynmont Drive, near Route 212. The woman was rushed by ambulance to Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where she died a short time later, authorities said.

After the shooting, the two men in the house fled in a silver-colored car, according to initial accounts.

Minutes later, deputies and state troopers, aided by several canine teams, swept the area seeking the men. No arrest had been reported by early today.

It was the first time since February last year that two law enforcement officers in Maryland had been fatally shot.

In that incident, a man with a history of mental illness fired six blasts from a shotgun and killed a Queen Anne's County deputy and a Centreville police office who were investigating a noise complaint at his trailer home.

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