Funeral Services For Slain Maryland State Trooper Announced

1:08 PM, Jun 13, 2010   |    comments
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PALMER PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- The family of slain Maryland State Trooper 1st Class Wesley W. Brown announced that his funeral will be held next week, state police said.

Brown, 24, was shot and killed early Friday just outside an Applebee's restaurant in Forestville. State police said there will be a public viewing at 4 p.m. June 18th at Abyssinia Baptist Church in Capitol Heights. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. June 19th at the Jericho City of Praise in Landover followed by a burial at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery in Suitland.

Police have located and questioned the man they say is a person of interest in Brown's fatal shooting. Prince George's County Police had released four surveillance photographs of the man on Friday and a much clearer one on Saturday. The photos were taken inside the Applebee's Restaurant in the 3400 block of Donnell Drive.

"We have identified and located the person of interest in the video," said Major Andy Ellis, Prince George's County Police spokesman. "At this point we're speaking to him and are hoping he can lead us to the shooter.

"He's a person of interest. He's more akin to a witness than a suspect. Identifying him was important to the investigation," Ellis said. "We needed to speak to him to move the investigation forward."

Police say that Trooper Brown was working security for the restaurant and that he had escorted an unruly customer out of the restaurant some time before he was shot and killed.

Police said the man is currently being held on unrelated charges but would not say what those charges were.

Police said that Brown was working security for the restaurant and that he had escorted an unruly customer out of the restaurant some time before he was shot and killed.

A $75,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Governor Martin O'Malley announced Saturday that Applebee's Services, Inc. has offered $25,000 toward the reward. O'Malley announced Friday that he authorized a $25,000 reward from the state of Maryland, in addition to a $25,000 combined reward between Metro Crime Stoppers and Prince George's County.

Anyone with information about the case should call Prince George's County Police at 301-772-4925 or 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). Citizens can also text "PGPD" plus a message to CRIMES on any mobile phone, or visit www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online. 

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