WASHINGTON (WJZ)– A security guard is dead and a police officer injured after shots rang out at the U.S. Census Bureau in Prince George’s County.
Rick Ritter has more about the suspect and the innocent guard killed.READ MORE: Star Spangled Celebration: Fourth Of July Fireworks Light Up Baltimore's Skyline Once Again
Police say this was an abduction that quickly turned deadly–taking the life of an innocent husband and father. The suspect has been identified as 48-year-old Ronald Anderson, who authorities say started this rampage on his birthday.
Chaos explodes along the streets of D.C., spilling over to the U.S. Census Bureau. A bizarre manhunt that left three people shot and one innocent guard dead.
It all started around 5:30 Thursday when police say 48-year-old Ronald Anderson abducted his girlfriend on his birthday–driving her to the Census Bureau in Maryland.
A security guard spotted the two arguing in a car here at the bureau and intervened. Police say that’s when Anderson shot and killed the gunman, and then took off.
The guard who worked for master security has been identified as 59-year-old Lawrence Buckner who was married with one child.
Those who knew him call him a “family man,” their hearts, left shattered.READ MORE: Bacteria Levels Prompt Recreational Water Advisory At Cox's Point Park
“I knew him over a period of time and we talked about sports all the time and just going about my day, he goes about his but you just never know when it’s somebody’s last day,” one Census Bureau employee said.
The suspect’s car was later spotted along the busy street in downtown D.C.
“A Honda Accord came flying through the intersection, going like 60 down 7th street, then made a left and like 60 cops followed him,” one witness said.
That’s where the suspect crashed with police.
“At that point metro police cruisers were able to block suspects path and they collided with suspect here, the suspect again opens fire,” said D.C. Police Chief.
One officer was shot and the suspect was hit before being taken into custody– capping off a night of utter turmoil.
Police say the kidnapping victim was later located in good condition. Both the officer who was shot and the suspect are listed in stable conditionMORE NEWS: Mother Of Abandoned Newborn Receives 18-Month Sentence
Thousands of people work on the Census Bureau campus, which operated under a two hour delay Friday.