Man accused of ramming cruisers not criminally responsible

A man accused of ramming two police cruisers with a dump truck has been found not criminally responsible.

Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced in a statement Monday that Gene Thomas Brandon Jr. of Aquasco has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree murder. Brandon will remain in a mental health facility and his status will be updated every six months.

Prosecutors say in January 2015, Brandon pulled up to two officers talking next to their cruisers in Glenarden and said they had killed his brother. Then prosecutors say Brandon drove the truck toward the cruisers. The officers jumped to safety.

Authorities say the dump truck crashed into the back of one cruiser, forcing it into the second vehicle, then continued pushing for about 100 feet.

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