Sheriff: Deputies shoot, kill man who rammed vehicle

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Prince George's County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a man Sunday night after he rammed a deputy's vehicle, the sheriff's office said Monday.

Deputies pursued a truck driven by a suspect in a domestic violence case to Nalley Road in Landover, where the truck rammed a deputy's vehicle, the sheriff's office said in a statement. That's when two deputies fired at the man, striking him, the sheriff's office said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Sharon Taylor, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said deputies had responded to a 911 call indicating that the man had a knife, but she did not know whether he was armed during his encounter with the deputies. The victim in the domestic-violence incident pointed out the man's truck to deputies on the scene, and the deputies pursued him before the fatal confrontation, Taylor said.

County police and the sheriff's policy compliance division are investigating.

Neither deputy was injured, Taylor said. The deputies have been with the department for five and six years respectively and are on routine administrative leave. The sheriff's office said information on the deputies will be released Tuesday.

County police were notifying the dead man's next of kin.

This is the second fatal shooting involving a deputy in seven months. In October, Deputy Kendal Wade shot and killed 38-year-old Michael Ricardo Minor while responding to a domestic violence call in Suitland. A grand jury declined to indict Wade, according to The Washington Post. Minor's family filed a $10 million wrongful death suit against the county last month in federal court.

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