By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
June 9, 2017 – 3:30 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – Two Prince George County residents are behind bars following an incident in Washington, D.C. where two Metropolitan Police Department officers and a third person were struck by a vehicle driven by the men.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, 22-year-old Brandon Lord Figures-Mormon of Disputanta was charged with assault with intent to kill and possession of an unregistered firearm in connection with an incident north of Downtown Washington D.C. Thursday night.
In a statement, MPD officials said the suspect’s vehicle was seen traveling at a high rate of speed in the 2400 block of North 18th Street Northwest just before 9 p.m. Thursday before striking two MPD officers assigned to bicycle patrol in the area.
The vehicle continued moving, hitting another person, a District Department of Transportation traffic control officer before eventually coming to rest after hitting an unoccupied vehicle.
The two MPD officers were rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. The DDOT employee was also transported to the hospital, treated and later released.
Along with Figures-Mormon, 23-year-old Dwayne Nicholas Taylor of Prince George was also arrested and charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.
Authorities did not disclose what type of firearm Taylor or Figures-Mormon had in their possession.
According to MPD Chief Peter Newsham, as of Friday morning, one officer remains in critical, but stable condition and the other is in fair condition.
In the minutes and hours after the incident, questions swirled about if this incident was terrorist-related following an incident Saturday evening in London where eight people were killed when a van drove into a crowd of pedestrians on London Bridge as part of a pair of terror incidents that ISIS later claimed responsibility for.
In a press conference Friday morning, Chief Newsham said they didn’t have any information to suggest that this was a terrorist-related event.
He added police will work to determine if Thursday’s crash was accidental or intentional as they move through their investigation.