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Police say man who was shot by officer was armed with knife

Police have charged a man with assault after he allegedly spat into an officer's patrol car. Police say the man had a butcher knife.
Police have charged a man with assault after he allegedly spat into an officer's patrol car. Police say the man had a butcher knife.
Tom Yeatman

Bladensburg, Md. --- Police have charged a man with assault after he was shot by police late Sunday.

Police say the suspect, Ivanilov Tembi Fomukong, 22, of the 5200 block of Tilden Road in Bladensburg, approached a patrol officer who was parked in his marked cruiser in the 5400 block of Annapolis Road.

Fomukong reportedly knocked on the officer's window, and the officer partially rolled down the window. Fomukong, police say, was speaking incoherently and spat into the officer's cruiser.

Police say the officer got out to address him and saw that he was armed with a large butcher knife. The officer called for back-up. A responding officer deployed a Taser but it had no effect, police said.

Fearing for the safety of himself and other officers, police say an officer discharged his gun, striking Fomukong in the leg. The shooting happened around 11:48 p.m.

Fomukong was taken to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries. An arrest warrant was obtained for Fomukong charging him with three counts of 1st-degree assault and 2nd-degree assault.

The officer who fired his gun is a 16-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department. He is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. There were no injuries to officers on the scene.

The Special Investigative Response Team (SIRT) is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department's Special Investigative Response Team at 301-772-4925. Callers can remain anonymous by calling CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You may also text "PGPD plus your tips" to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online.