Update: Officer Killed in I-95 Accident Identified

The officer was ejected from a police car, when he and his partner were pursuing a vehicle in connection with an alleged theft, police said.

One Prince George's County Police officer was killed and another injured Monday when their cruiser crashed on southbound I-95 in Beltsville, according to police.

The accident happened around 1 p.m. near Powder Mill Road (MD-212).

According to PGPD Chief Mark Magaw, the officers had been pursuing a silver Acura TL in connection with a theft in the Laurel/Beltsville area when the cruiser left the roadway and landed in a ditch.

Officer Adrian Morris, the driver, was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center and later pronounced dead. Police said Morris suffered head injuries when he was ejected from the cruiser.

Magaw said he was 23 years old and had been with the PGPD for two-and-a-half years.

The officer was also a graduate of the county's police academy and had been working with the police department since he was 15 as an Explorer in the Boy Scouts of America.

The second officer suffered "non-life-threatening injuries," according to police.

Magaw extended his thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of the fallen officer.

"This job is not an easy job by any means, but these officers were doing their duties following up on a theft," he added.

All southbound traffic was halted for several hours Monday as police conducted their investigation. Two lanes have since been reopened.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Prince George's County Police.

This story has been updated to reflect the officer's name.

Jim Groves August 21, 2012 at 01:34 AM
What is the county policy on high speed chases? They were chasing someone in connection with a robbery. Did they really need to be going that fast? It's one thing to lose a fine officer, but what if it was a school bus he hit? Seriously, not trying to be snarky or disrespectful. Just asking the question so maybe someone will actually look at the policy and decide if it's correct to prevent these tragic accidents.
NeedRealNews August 21, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Its tragic officers like this young hero put their lives on the line for people like Terry Szall each and everyday, no questions asked, then get this as a comment when they pass away. Your unbelievable, have some respect.
Gretchen Ward Waller August 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Thank you Officer Morris for protecting us and our city! Prayers and hugs out to his family. :(
NeedRealNews August 21, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Yeah let's just ask the bad guy to stop politely, he'll listen right? And if not, just let him go no need to follow and risk anything, who cares if he kills someone. And let's stop using those uncomfortable handcuffs too, let's just use yarn, it's softer and almost does the trick. Unfortunately you live in a world with lots of bad people doing lots of bad things. Officers take steps to ensure your safety and the safety of your property, and I'm sure this officer knew his persuit policy as did his supervisors. Stop Monday morning quarterbacking this poor officer and have some respect for the rithteous people doing their job.
Terry Szall September 03, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Well, guess who, in actuality, wasn't wearing a seat belt? His partner was wearing a seatbelt and survived. It's rare to be thrown through a windshield while wearing one unless the vehicle is involved in repeated "rolls". Of course this event is a tragedy, but one that might have been avoided.


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