A Howard County police officer shot a Prince George's County man who nearly struck the officer with a vehicle early Friday morning, the department said.
Tremayne Middleton Dorsey, 38, of Temple Hills was in critical but stable condition Friday afternoon at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The officer was not injured.
Police said the officer was called around 3:15 a.m. to a home in the 7200 block of Fawn Crossing Drive in the Clarksville neighborhood, where a suspicious vehicle was parked in a driveway.
When the officer arrived, the car was unoccupied and the officer called for a tow truck, police said. About 4:30 a.m., the officer saw a man walking along the street toward the vehicle, and the man told the officer he was the driver. The officer then determined that the man had an open arrest warrant in an auto-theft case.
At that point, the man jumped into the vehicle and "drove directly at the officer, who fired one shot, striking the suspect," the department said in a statement.
Police said Dorsey is wanted on two arrest warrants from other jurisdictions. He did not have an attorney listed in court records.
The department has not released the officer's name but said she is a 10-year veteran of the force.
Letizia Schindler, who lives on Fawn Crossing Drive, said she was asleep when the shooting occurred but awoke to police sirens. "It's kind of out of the way," she said of the secluded suburban street, which only has eight houses.
"I'm very surprised that someone came all the way here to do whatever. He traveled into the development for something. It's not like it's a main road," Schindler said. Her husband had trouble getting out of the neighborhood to leave for work at 6:30 a.m. because of the scene, she said.
"It's alarming. Why was he here, and why was he parked in someone's driveway? There's a lot of questions and no answers," she said.
Police said they were continuing to investigate why the man was in the neighborhood.