Reporting Kai Jackson
BELTSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — A police officer is dead and another in the hospital after their cruiser was forced off the road while pursuing another vehicle on I-95.
Kai Jackson explains how it all unfolded.
The investigation into the crash continues. As it does, the Prince George’s County police department is mourning the loss of an officer.
Heartbreak in Beltsville Monday after a violent crash on southbound I-95 that killed a young police officer. He’s been identified as Adrian Morris.
Police say it happened around 1 p.m. while Morris, 23, and a colleague were pursuing a vehicle that matched the description of a car involved in a theft.
“What we know right now is earlier today, while investigating a theft crime, two Prince George’s police officers spotted a vehicle described by witnesses near Interstate 95,” said Mark Magaw.
Police say Morris apparently lost control of his car, which ran off the road and into a ditch.
Morris and another officer were taken to the hospital. Morris was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“Any citizen out there that may have witnessed the event…please give us a call,” said Vince Canales, Fraternal Order of Police.
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker says Monday is a somber reminder of the dangers officers face patrolling the streets. He commended both Morris and the officer who survived for their commitment and courage.
Police conducted an intense search for the suspect’s vehicle, a gray Acura with temporary tags.
The accident snarled rush hour traffic on I-95.
“We also ask for your prayers for the two officers, for their families as they’re going through this and for Prince George’s County,” Baker said.
Morris is the second officer to die in the line of duty in Maryland so far this year.