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  • Off-Duty Pr. George's Officer Kills Man, Claims Robbery Attempt

    From: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...072500686.html


    An off-duty Prince George's County police corporal shot and killed a man who he said tried to rob him at gunpoint early yesterday morning. Police cordoned off an apartment complex in Forestville to search for a second man apparently involved in the robbery attempt, but authorities said last night they had not tracked him down.

    The corporal, a 22-year veteran of the force, is a driver on the security detail of County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D), said Cpl. Stephen Pacheco, a police spokesman.

    Sources familiar with the investigation identified the officer as Cpl. William M. Peaco of Upper Marlboro, who was also involved in on-duty shooting incidents in 1989 and 2001. Peaco did not return calls seeking comment.

    The incident marks the second time that an officer who had served on Johnson's security detail was involved in a shooting. Keith A. Washington, a former driver for the county executive, was sentenced this spring to 45 years in prison for fatally shooting one unarmed furniture deliveryman and wounding another at his Accokeek home last year.

    Police said yesterday that the officer, whom they did not name, called in at 3:42 a.m. to say he had shot a person who was trying to rob him in the 4400 block of Rena Road. The officer said he was approached by two armed men in the complex's parking lot.

    The officer fired his department-issued 9mm Beretta several times, according to Officer Henry Tippett, a police spokesman, striking one of the suspects in the upper body. That man -- identified as 18-year-old John C. Watts of the 3200 block of 23rd Street SE in the District -- was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

    Efforts to locate Watts's relatives yesterday evening were unsuccessful. People living near the 23rd Street SE address described Watts as a soft-spoken young man who kept to himself, but had played Pee Wee football while growing up.

    The second person in the confrontation was believed to have fled in a dark-colored vehicle; it was not clear whether he was wounded. The officer was not injured.

    In 1989, Peaco was one of three officers who fatally shot a suspected drug dealer, who reportedly pointed a gun at them in Oxon Hill. A grand jury later cleared him of wrongdoing.

    In May 2001, Peaco was part of a SWAT unit that entered a Fort Washington home where a mother reported that her mentally ill son was acting bizarrely. When officers entered the home, police said at the time, the 37-year-old man walked toward officers with a 13-inch kitchen knife.

    Peaco shot the man five times in two seconds with a 9mm submachine gun, according to court records. The man sued Peaco and the county for $15 million in damages, but a judge ruled that Peaco acted reasonably.

    Workers' compensation records show that Peaco requested and received medical treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident.
    Johnson's spokesman, James P. Keary, declined to comment, referring all questions to police.

    For five hours after the shooting, a police helicopter, canine teams and foot patrols searched the Forest Village apartments and the wooded areas around the complex that lead to the Suitland Parkway near Andrews Air Force Base.

    Department policy requires Prince George's police officers to carry their service weapons whenever they are in the county, whether or not they are on duty. Police recovered a shotgun from the parking lot and believe it belonged to one of the suspected robbers, Tippett said.

    At the intersection of Forestville and Rena roads, across the street from a Sunoco gas station, investigators spray-painted yellow spots where spent ammunition was found. Paint also traced a trail of dried blood leading from near where the off-duty officer's car had been parked to the intersection.

    Monica Kiah, 36, said the officer's Chevy was parked in the first space to the left of the complex's entrance, near a stop sign. When gunshots woke her up, she peeked through the window.

    "What was he doing at 4 a.m.?" she asked. "He was parked perfectly. I thought it was kind of odd."

    Neighbors said there have been a few car break-ins recently at the apartment complex.

    Mark Johnson, 36, said he heard about 12 shots in rapid succession while he was getting ready for his job as a roofer. He ran to a window looking out over the crime scene and said he saw a car speed away toward Suitland Parkway. Later, he said, he saw the officer's car being towed away.

    Police did not have enough details to offer a full description of the second man for whom they are searching. Pacheco said he did not know whether the off-duty officer lived in the apartment complex, across the Capital Beltway from the military base, or what he was doing in the parking lot in the pre-dawn hours.

    Property records show Peaco, 46, has lived eight miles away in Upper Marlboro for almost 14 years.

    The officer has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation, which is standard policy in police-involved shootings.

    The incident and police response reminded one neighbor of the 1997 fatal shooting of off-duty District police officer Oliver Wendell Smith Jr., 27, who died at Forest Village about 2:40 a.m. Three robbers fled with his gun, wallet and badge.

  • #2
    "People living near the 23rd Street SE address described Watts as a soft-spoken young man who kept to himself, but had played Pee Wee football while growing up". My ***. What stupid reporter wrote this crap?
    Alway's trying to make the thugs look human.

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    • #3
      Yeah, why don't they ever describe the OFFICER in terms of how he was nice, helpful, didn't have any enemies, etc.? If you're gonna deal that card, deal it to both hands.
      If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.

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      • #4
        What a biased article. The cops background is expanded upon in every way possible to make him seem like a hothead, while the crook is a quiet football fan. I wonder why it doesn't mention if football fan had a record?

        Wis Statute 947.01: Disorderly Conduct - Whoever, in a public or private place, engages in behavior that is violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud, or otherwise acts like a ****ing idiot, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

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        • #5
          Off-Duty Pr. George's Officer Kills Man, Claims Robbery Attempt

          Claims???
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          • #6
            It's obvious the cop likes to go out in the middle of the night and murder innocent football fans. He has killed before, he probably enjoys it
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            • #7
              Police did not have enough details to offer a full description of the second man for whom they are searching. Pacheco said he did not know whether the off-duty officer lived in the apartment complex, across the Capital Beltway from the military base, or what he was doing in the parking lot in the pre-dawn hours.
              Or maybe they're just not telling the media because it's really none of their business...
              "First of all, then we have to say the American public overwhelmingly voted for socialism when they elected President Obama." - Al Sharpton, March 21, 2010

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              • #8
                They aren't responding with details to the media, because (unlike the reporter) they're still investigating the incident. The reporter and apparently the Washington Post already has all the information they need and are ready to pronounce this shooting as, "unwarranted." No need to thoroughly investigate an incident when all you have to do is talk to a couple of neighbors before printing your story!
                "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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                • #9
                  Never mind the shotgun found in the parking lot.
                  Don't tase me bro!!

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                  • #10
                    Obviously either planted by the officer, left there by some innocent neighbor accidentally or the "victim" just happen to have it in his hands when the evil officer attacked him for no reason!
                    "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by pulicords View Post
                      Obviously either planted by the officer, left there by some innocent neighbor accidentally or the "victim" just happen to have it in his hands when the evil officer attacked him for no reason!

                      OOOOH! I knew it had to be something like that.
                      Don't tase me bro!!

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                      • #12
                        The paper has not pronounced the shooting as unwarranted.

                        The paper has to go with what it has when the deadline comes for publishing.

                        Journalists do not have the luxury of thoroughly investigating something before filing a report. Unlike cops, reporters and news agencies have daily deadlines for providing information to the public. Cops can (and SHOULD) delay providing information during an ongoing investigation. News media must report what happened today and yesterday. Thats why it's called "news" instead of "olds."

                        The reporter HAS to interview people who knew the victim if he/she is able to do so before the publication deadline. The reporter can't report something that wasn't said.

                        The reporter CANNOT interview the officer nor anyone in the department as none will be allowed to give information.

                        The story will be updated as more information is acquired.



                        Originally posted by pulicords View Post
                        They aren't responding with details to the media, because (unlike the reporter) they're still investigating the incident. The reporter and apparently the Washington Post already has all the information they need and are ready to pronounce this shooting as, "unwarranted." No need to thoroughly investigate an incident when all you have to do is talk to a couple of neighbors before printing your story!
                        Hatred never ceases by hatred, but by love alone is healed.
                        Happiness never decreases by being shared. -- Buddhist quotation
                        A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. -- Proverbs 15:1

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                        • #13
                          "What was he doing at 4 a.m.?" she asked. "He was parked perfectly. I thought it was kind of odd."
                          I found that to be .....

                          "Oh dang"

                          .... I forgot now.

                          Was it important?



                          Sounds like a good shoot from sketchy details ... even in spite of the good parking job.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rubyrose View Post
                            The paper has not pronounced the shooting as unwarranted.

                            The paper has to go with what it has when the deadline comes for publishing.

                            Journalists do not have the luxury of thoroughly investigating something before filing a report. Unlike cops, reporters and news agencies have daily deadlines for providing information to the public. Cops can (and SHOULD) delay providing information during an ongoing investigation. News media must report what happened today and yesterday. Thats why it's called "news" instead of "olds."

                            The reporter HAS to interview people who knew the victim if he/she is able to do so before the publication deadline. The reporter can't report something that wasn't said.

                            The reporter CANNOT interview the officer nor anyone in the department as none will be allowed to give information.

                            The story will be updated as more information is acquired.
                            Yeah right, they had time to research the details of the officer's prior shoots, his property records for the past 14 years, and his prior workers' comp claims.

                            They did not say if the SUSPECT had a criminal record, no criminal record, was reported armed and with what. If they could discover that he played pee-wee football in middle school then they could have posted if he was previously charged with anything (or not). Ignoring these details but spelling out the details of a 2001 justified shooting in SWAT that pointed out the officer put mulitple bullets in a man that was coming at him with a butcher knife is one-sided and biased.

                            I expect the Washington Post to report news, not resemble a High Times editorial.
                            Wis Statute 947.01: Disorderly Conduct - Whoever, in a public or private place, engages in behavior that is violent, abusive, indecent, profane, boisterous, unreasonably loud, or otherwise acts like a ****ing idiot, is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor.

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                            • #15
                              In addition to Freddie's comments above, what (other than to inflame public opinion) is the purpose of this part of the article:

                              "The incident marks the second time that an officer who had served on Johnson's security detail was involved in a shooting. Keith A. Washington, a former driver for the county executive, was sentenced this spring to 45 years in prison for fatally shooting one unarmed furniture deliveryman and wounding another at his Accokeek home last year."

                              This confidential medical history information shouldn't be even available to the press and (at least in CA) might result in prosecution for criminal violation(s) if whoever released it is identified:

                              "Workers' compensation records show that Peaco requested and received medical treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after the incident."

                              This article causes unnecessary prejudice against the officer and the department more than it informs the public about facts specifically associated with the shooting.

                              Rubyrose: A mind is like a parachute. Sometimes they fail to open at all.
                              Last edited by pulicords; 07-27-2008, 01:27 PM.
                              "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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