WASHINGTON (AP) — Prince George’s County police have identified a police officer who fatally shot a 35-year-old man in Palmer Park over the weekend.

Authorities say Michael Owen Jr. was leaving a Toys for Tots event at police headquarters Saturday night when he saw a man lying in a grassy area on the side of Greenleaf Road. Police say Owen, who was in uniform, stopped to help the man and the man pointed a gun at him. Authorities say Owen shot the man, Rodney Edwards of Landover, several times. Edwards was taken to a hospital, where he died.

Owen has been with the police department for two years. He has been placed on routine administrative leave.

Police spokesman Cpl. Henry Tippett says the shooting is the 15th involving county officers in 2011.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)

Comments (4)
  1. Essexman says:

    Promote him and give him a medal.

  2. Keets says:

    HOLY MOLY! The police in Maryland are getting seriously trigger happy. Not that I’m against it…just make sure they are getting the criminals and not the guy running a stop sign….fine line, you know.

  3. the truth says:

    thats because the jungle bunnies are out of control just standard taming procedures

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