DC police officer shoots man on highway in Bowie

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Man shot by police along highway in Prince George's Co.

An investigation is underway after a D.C. police officer allegedly shot a man in Bowie Wednesday evening. Sources told FOX 5 that shots were fired around 6 p.m. along Crain Highway near the intersection of Trade Zone Avenue and Queen Anne Road. FOX 5's Sierra Fox has the latest details.

An investigation is underway after a D.C. police officer shot and killed a man in Bowie Wednesday evening. 

Around 5 p.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Forestville Barrack responded to a report of a crash involving two vehicles along Crain Highway at Village Drive. 

Maryland State Police officials said the driver of a vehicle involved in the crash left the scene on foot before officers arrived. 

About an hour later, just before 6 p.m., state troopers were dispatched to Crain Highway again. This time, they responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Trade Zone Avenue.

According to a preliminary investigation, an off-duty Metropolitan Police Department Lieutenant, identified as Daren Jones, was in the area of Crain Highway and Trade Zone Avenue, in his marked patrol car, when he spotted a man, identified as Ian Tilton, 28, of Annapolis, in the roadway. 

Officials said Jones called for assistance, and a Prince George’s County Police Department officer was the first to arrive. 

Tilton allegedly produced a knife and lunged at the Prince George’s County Police officer, officials said, and the Prince George’s County police officer tried to deploy his stun gun, but it was ineffective. 

Maryland State Police said that's when Jones fired his agency-issued firearm, and struck the suspect.

The department said that a trooper from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command immediately began assisting Prince George’s County emergency medical services personnel with rendering aid to Tilton. 

He was taken in an ambulance to the University of Maryland Capital Regional Hospital in Largo, where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators believe these two incidents are connected. The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is leading the investigation. 

All northbound lanes on U.S. Route 301 between Queen Anne Road and Trade Zone Avenue are closed for the investigation. 

This is a developing story. Check back with FOX 5 for updates.