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Crime

Laurel police officer shot, injured during suspect’s arrest

A Laurel Police Department officer was injured by gunfire Wednesday morning while police were trying to arrest a suspect in connection with an attempted murder case, the agency said in a news release.

The officer, a 35-year-old male who has not been identified by police, was hospitalized for nonlife threatening injuries after being shot, according to the police department. He was released later in the day.

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Police had been near the 100 block of Bryan Court at about 6 a.m. serving an arrest and search warrant for Christopher Grayson Simms, 23, in connection with a shooting that took place last week, the release said.

Police said he had been charged with attempted first-degree murder for the April 11 incident. Online court records did not list the case Wednesday afternoon.

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Simms had begun shooting when the police department’s Emergency Response Team arrived on the scene and announced its presence, police said. The officer was shot in the arm and taken to the hospital.

Officers did not return gunfire, the release says, and were able to de-escalate the situation and arrest Simms.

Police say Simms was charged with attempted first-degree murder, injuring an officer and other offenses for the Wednesday incident.

Laurel Police Chief Russ Hammill said the officers “demonstrated the true essence of what it means to be a first responder,” offering gratitude “for their courage, bravery and dedication to duty under fire.”

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, and encourage those with information, or those who may have witnessed the events, to please contact the Laurel Police Department at 301-498-0092. Anonymous tips can also be sent to LPDtips@laurel.md.us.


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