Shots fired by off-duty SPO investigating sex assault in Prince George's County, officials say

Authorities in Prince George's County say an off-duty special police officer fired shots overnight while investigating a report of a sexual assault.

Officials say the incident was reported around 3:30 a.m. near the 5300 block of Sheriff Road in the Fairmont Heights area.

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The officer who was working security at a nearby business was approached by a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted, police say. Officials say the officer became involved in an altercation with the suspect and fired shots.

The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, authorities say. The investigation is continuing at this time.