(Breaking news) Cop shoots, kills man after struggle at traffic stop

Police say drugs were in SUV; victim's family disputes account

Friday, Oct. 2, 2009

Posted at 6:25 p.m. Friday

A 43-year-old Indian Head man was shot and killed by a Charles County sheriff's officer Friday afternoon following a traffic stop near Mason Springs Road in Marbury.

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Charles County Detectives with criminal investigations, left, and a forensic technician investigate the area around a vehicle and the scene of an officer-involved shooting Friday in Marbury

Police said Corneleius Warren had drugs in the white sport utility vehicle he was driving.

Sherwin Warren identified the shooting victim as his brother, Corneleius, when the family gathered at the emergency room of Civista Medical Center in La Plata where Warren was taken after being shot.

Sherwin Warren, who arrived at the scene of his brother's shooting minutes after it happened confirmed that Warren was dead. He added that the police account of what unfolded Friday afternoon was "a lie."

A call went out over the police scanner around 3:45 p.m. for additional help at a corner home for an "officer involved shooting." An officer was heard instructing someone to "get down on the ground."

By 3:50 p.m. another message was relayed over the radio advising emergency medical personal en route to the location that CPR was in progress. About 10 minutes later, an officer told a police dispatcher that the victim had "four to the chest." It was unclear if the officer was speaking about gunshot wounds.

Officers were directing traffic on Mason Springs Road, while bystanders looked on.

Diane Richardson, sheriff's office spokeswoman at the scene of the shooting, could not confirm the victim's name or how many shots were fired.

She said police conducted a traffic stop on Mason Springs Road and the victim allegedly had drugs in the car. Warren put the car in gear and a struggle with police began, continuing onto Nelson Springs Road, a dirt road dotted with homes, off of Mason Springs, according to Richardson.

Warren allegedly tried to grab the officer's unholstered weapon, according to Richardson. Another officer fired the shots, she said.