Howard County officer injured in shooting is discharged from hospital

A Howard County police officer who was shot and wounded by a suspect who has since been captured has been released from the hospital, police said Sunday.

Steven Houk, 30, a two-year veteran of the department, was seriously wounded after being shot on the job last week in North Laurel. He was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for his injuries.

Police say Stephon Prather, 29, opened fire on Houk and two other officers who went to investigate after employees at a CarMax on Route 1 reported Prather acting suspiciously. Prather was captured about 24 hours later with a gunshot wound to his leg from when police returned fire.

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