Reporting Kai Jackson
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WJZ)– Prince George’s County police are still sorting out details of a shooting in College Park. It happened less than a block from the University of Maryland, and now, a suspect is in the hospital.
Kai Jackson explains what happened.
Witness video captured the chaotic scene in College Park, steps away from the University of Maryland.
Officers say the speeding police car was being driven by a suspect they were trying to arrest– a man they believed was armed and dangerous.
“He takes off in reverse. Finally, he’s able to put it in drive, goes across the lanes of Route 1 on the northbound side and crashes into a brick wall that’s about two and a half to three feet high in front of the McDonald’s on the northbound side of Route 1,” Asst. Police Chief Kevin Davis of Prince George’s County said.
Police have identified the suspect as 21-year-old Andre McCoy.
Investigators say shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday, McCoy’s mother called them saying she believed her son was high on drugs, acting erratically.
Police caught up with McCoy on Route 1 in College Park. But say when they tried to arrest him, he managed to get into a cruiser and took off. During the incident, police reportedly shot McCoy several times. The car crashed into a wall at the popular and normally busy McDonald’s on Route 1.
“That’s where approximately eight to 10 police officers were able to finally get this person under control and apprehend him,” Davis said.
Police say McCoy remains in the hospital and is in their custody. No police officers were hurt during the incident.