Officer Exchanges Gunfire With Would-Be Robber In Greenbelt

7:57 AM, Nov 11, 2010   |    comments
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GREENBELT, Md. (WUSA) -- Police say it's a miracle one of their off-duty officers was unscathed after an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who attempted to rob him.

Corporal Clinton Copeland, spokesperson for the Prince George's County Police Department, says the plain-clothed officer was getting out of his vehicle at an apartment complex in the 8500 block of Greenbelt Road around 12:30 Thursday morning when he was approached by a man who demanded his wallet. At some point, the suspect fired a shot at the officer at close range. The officer returned fire, and the suspect fled.

Investigators with the Prince George's County Police Department responded to the scene and set up a perimeter to help locate the suspect. Police also checked local hospitals in case the suspect had been struck by the officer's gunfire.

Right now the suspect remains at large and police have not released a description.

The off-duty policeman was taken to a local hospital for a check-up.  Copeland says it's amazing he wasn't injured, considering the officer's jacket was struck by the suspect's bullet.

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