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.