Monday, August 20, 2012

Police Officer Killed In Crash On I-95 | Baltimore News | WBAL Radio 1090 AM

WASHINGTON - A Prince George's County police officer was killed and another injured Monday while chasing down a suspect on Interstate 95 in Beltsville, officials say.

Police identified the 23-year-old officer as Adrian Morris at Monday night press conference.

Morris died after being ejected from the cruiser, which was traveling southbound on the highway shortly before 1 p.m. He lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch, Prince George's County Police Chief Mark Magaw says.Morris was investigating car break-ins in Laurel, police say.

His partner was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The name of the other officer hasn't been released, but police said at a press conference that he's in his 20s.

Earlier in the day, Magaw says the officers followed protocol during the pursuit, adding that he is proud of both men.

"It shows the courage and dedication of these officers," he says. Morris became an officer after volunteering as a police explorer for five years.

Born in Kingston Jamaica, Morris was raised in Laurel and became a U.S. citizen in 2009. "Police Officer Morris represented the very best that our agency has to offer," said Chief of Police Mark Magaw.

"He wanted to be a Prince George's County police officer from a very young age, and it showed in all of his interactions with the community." Crime Solvers is offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who contributed to Morris' death.

Officials are looking for a silver Acura with temporary tags that might have been involved in the crash.

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