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Officers in Suitland police-involved shooting ID'd


SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- A man holding a pellet gun that looked like an assault rifle was shot and killed by police Friday morning.

Julie Parker, Director of Media Relations for the Prince George's County Police Department, confirms two veteran officers responded to a call for a dispute in the 3300 block of Curtis Drive near Overlook Elementary School around 2:15 Friday morning.

Once on scene the officers encountered two men outside an apartment building. One of the men appeared to be armed with an assault rifle.


The officers ordered the man to lower the weapon, when he didn't, both officers fired. The injured suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second man was not injured.

The deceased suspect is identified by police as 20-year-old Mark Anthony Blocker of the 3300 block of Curtis Drive in Suitland.


Following the shooting, two weapons were recovered at the scene. Both proved to actually be pellet guns.

At this time police are unsure what the connection may be between the two suspects.

Both officers were uninjured and have been placed on administrative leave. Authorities have identified the officers as twelve-year veteran Corporal Vincent Tabbs, and four-year veteran Police Officer Andrew Nacin. They are both assigned to the Bureau of Patrol, District 4, authorities said.

Thursday, police were out at the same complex canvassing and investigating a homicide that occurred on April 25: http://suitland.wusa9.com/news/news/1860731-md-police-investigate-homicide-27-year-old-man Police say these two shootings are not related.