By Melanie Dzwonchyk, email@example.com
1:14 PM EDT, August 21, 2012
A Prince George's County Police officer who grew up in Laurel and wanted to be a police officer since he was a teenager was killed Monday after his cruiser ran into a ditch on I-95 during a chase.
Ofc. Adrian Morris was a 2007 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High who was born in Kingston, Jamaica and became a United States citizen in 2009. He was a member of the Police Explorers at District 6 for five years, and had continued as an advisor and mentor to the Boy Scout-affiliated group after becoming a county police officer, police said.
According to county police, Morris and a second officer, Ofc. Michael Risher, were investigating an attempted theft at the Laurel Shell at 6600 Sandy Spring Road (Route 198 westbound) Monday morning around noon. Police said two people in a gray Acura had tried to open a customer's car door, but were unsuccessful and left the gas station. While the officers were investigating, a witness at the gas station spotted a gray Acura with temporary tags that was identified as part of the theft attempt, and the officers chased the car onto I-95 southbound, and apparently caught up with it and had communicated with the police dispatcher. Police said Morris, 23, who was driving, apparently lost control of his cruiser, which ran off the road into a ditch near Powder Mill Road in Beltsville. Morris was ejected from his car, police said, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Risher was released from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Police said the Acura involved in the crash was recovered early Tuesday in Washington, and that one person was being questioned in connection with the chase and crash.