By Leah Simpson For Dailymail.com and Associated Press
- Cops responded Monday night to reports a driver had struck multiple vehicles
- When officers located the driver, they smelled PCP and believed he was under the influence
- The suspect was buckled into the front passenger seat of the vehicle, which Prince George’s County police said is normal for them
- Two independent witnesses told police they either saw or heard a struggle, and heard loud bangs coming from the cruiser, police said
- The man was shot multiple times by the officer’s service weapon. Officers performed lifesaving measures but he died in hospital
- A woman identified the suspect as her son and said: ‘I can’t understand why you had him in the car seat, seat belt down, handcuffed and then gone shoot him’
- The incident was not captured on bodycam as the cop wasn’t issued one. He was placed on administrative leave
A DUI suspect has been shot dead by a cop in Maryland, after an apparent struggle inside the officer’s cruiser while the man was handcuffed with his arms behind his back and buckled into the front passenger seat of a police cruiser.
Officers responded to reports that a driver had struck multiple vehicles down St Barnabas Road near the Temple Hills community and when cops located the driver, a black man who family identified as William Green, they smelled PCP and believed he was under the influence.
Two independent witnesses told police they either saw or heard a struggle, and heard loud bangs coming from the cruiser, around 8pm Monday.
But two women, who identified themselves as the mother and fiancée of the suspect, have questioned the cop’s actions.
‘I can’t understand why you had him in the car seat, seat belt down, handcuffed and then gone shoot him,’ Brenda Green told FOX 5. ‘For what reason? What could he possibly do?’
The shooting wasn’t caught on body-camera video because the officer wasn’t issued one.
The officer was in the driver’s seat at the time of the shooting and was waiting for drug recognition test results to come through.
The suspect was shot multiple times by the officer’s service weapon, a police spokeswoman said.
Phencyclidine (PCP), also known as Angel Dust, Killer Weed and Rocket Fuel, is a ‘dissociative’ anesthetic. Its sedative and anesthetic effects are trance-like.
People using PCP experience a feeling of being ‘out of body’ and detached from their environment, and some are prone to violent behavior.
At low to moderate doses, PCP can cause distinct changes in body awareness, similar to those associated with alcohol intoxication.
At high doses, PCP can cause hallucinations, paranoia, catatonia, seizures, coma, and death.
Spokeswoman Christina Cotterman said is normal for Prince George’s County police to put a suspect in the front passenger seat.
Officers performed lifesaving measures and took the man to a hospital but he died a short time later.
Investigators were looking for surveillance cameras in the area that may have recorded the shooting.
The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave.