Two veteran police officers are on routine administrative leave after shooting and killing a 20-year old male. According to police, at 2:15 a.m. May 30, patrol officers were called to the 3300 block of Curtis Drive for the report of two men arguing. The 911 caller said that one of the men was holding a long gun.
After arriving on the scene, two patrol officers approached the men using the corner of an apartment building as cover. The officers saw that one of the men was carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle.
The officers ordered the armed man to drop the weapon, but he did not comply. Both officers, discharged their weapons, striking the armed suspect. A witness reported to police that she heard the officers order the man, more than once, to put down the long gun. Then, she said, she heard two or three shots fired.
A statement released by the department said the two officers described themselves as “in fear for their lives” when they opened fire. The suspect was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The police identified the officers involved as 12-year veteran Corporal Vincent Tabbs and four-year veteran Officer Andrew Nacin. Both officers are assigned to the Bureau of Patrol – District IV. The deceased suspect was identified as 20-year-old Mark Anthony Blocker of the 3300 block of Curtis Drive in Suitland. The other suspect involved is Blocker’s brother. He was not injured and has not been charged.
According to police spokeswoman Julie Parker, officers discovered the long gun and a handgun found at the scene were both pellet guns.