Stephon Prather, accused of shooting police officer, charged with attempted murder, assault

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LAUREL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The morning after being discharged from Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland, Stephon Prather has been charged with several counts of attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment and firearms charges.

Howard County Police made the announcement on Friday morning. They say he is being held without bond.

The officer who Prather is accused of shooting, Steven Houk, is now in fair condition, according to Shock Trauma.  Officer Houk underwent surgery on Thursday and the prognosis for him is good, we are told.

Police say the gun used in the shooting was recovered deep inside a large storm drain in woods west of 9500 Washington Boulevard. They believe Prather may have been hiding in the same storm drain Wednesday night because officers found items in the pipe that suggest he spent the night there.

Prather surrendered to police on Thursday morning after a local mechanic reported seeing him along Route 1. Prather was taken to Shock Trauma for treatment of the gunshot wound to the leg he suffered the previous night. 

Thursday night, we learned the 29-year-old had been charged with theft in June 2006 before police say he showed up to a family member's house, pointed a gun and fired a few bullets at his family. Prather was charged with attempted murder, then pleaded to two counts of 1st-degree assault. He was sentenced to 20 years total, 10 years of which were suspended. He was serving two 5-year sentences concurrently, and got about 3 years through that when he went into a drug treatment program.

He was placed on probation from December 2007 to December 2012. WFMY in North Carolina reported that Prather was arrested in 2011 in North Carolina, while he was on probation. Police tried to pull him over, he crashed his car, got out and ran. Later, police found him in a home, and he was charged with breaking and entering among other charges.

Law enforcement expert Ed Clark told us that "there was a breakdown where they did not notify the Maryland Department of Parole and probation officers."

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