Hyattsville, MD – Dashcam footage captured the moment when two gunmen ambushed three Prince George’s County police officers outside a residence (video below).
The attack occurred in the 1300-block of Capital View Terrace at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, as the officers were responding to a report of a residential robbery in progress, the Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD) said in a press release on Monday.
The officers came under fire shortly after they arrived at the home, PGPD Interim Chief Hector Velez said during a press conference outside Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Dashcam footage captured the beginning of the “unprovoked attack,” which occurred immediately after the officer pulled up at the scene, police said.
The 22-second clip showed the armed men as they opened fire on police before fleeing in a black SUV.
“Within seconds they came under fire,” Chief Velez told reporters. “They were ambushed.”
A witness told The Washington Post that she saw someone in a black vehicle open fire on a patrol car, shattering the windshield, The Washington Post reported.
Despite being shot multiple times, the officer was able to return fire and also radioed for help, the PGPD said.
The gunmen sped down the street and made a U-turn, then headed back towards the officers while shooting at them again, according to police.
One officer was shot in the back and a second officer was shot in the chest, but their ballistic vests helped protect them, Chief Velez said, according to WTOP.
The officer who was shot in the chest also suffered injuries to his leg and arm, WTOP reported.
The third officer suffered a gunshot wound to the foot.
Four officers returned fire, but the gunmen were not hit, WBAL reported.
The driver crashed into a tree moments later, injuring both suspects, who were then taken into custody, police said.
Investigators said they recovered two weapons – one at the scene and one inside the suspect vehicle, according to the press release.
Police identified the accused gunmen as 45-year-old Andre Larnell Smith and 27-year-old Steven Maurice Warren.
Both have been charged with multiple offenses, including gun charges, assault, second-degree attempted murder, and first-degree attempted murder, PGPD said.
All three officers are expected to recover from their wounds, although one officer’s wounds resulted in him having to undergo surgery, Chief Velez said, according to WTOP.
The wounded officers included a 15-year veteran of the department, an officer who joined PGPD five years ago, and an officer with four years of service, PGPD said.
“They’re going to be fine…They are in good spirits. They are concerned about each other. They expressed concern for the person that they were responding to for the call for service,” Chief Velez said, according to WBAL.
He noted that the wounded officers also provided care to one another while they waited for additional units to arrive.
“Because of the self-care they provided to each other, they were able to be transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center, where they are receiving excellent care,” Chief Velez said. “These officers are your officers. These officers are coming to work to protect, defend the residents of Prince George’s County. This evening, these heroes did just that.”
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks agreed that all three of the wounded officers “are nothing short of heroes,” WTOP reported.
“We want to thank all of you for the support you give them and thank them for the job they do every single day,” Alsobrooks said.
She said that she spoke with one of the wounded officers before he was taken into surgery, and he told her that his child had just turned one year old earlier the same say, WUSA reported.
Alsobrooks asked the community to keep the officers, their families, and the PGCPD in their prayers, WBAL reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content: