A West Lanham Hills man was shot in the hand and taken to a hospital when county sheriff’s deputies attempted a court-ordered eviction Friday afternoon.
An altercation developed between deputies and an occupant in a rundown house in the 7700 block of Garrison Road when deputies went to the front door about 1 p.m. Friday.
One of the deputies at the scene fired a service weapon, with the man sustaining a graze wound to his head and a gunshot wound to his hand, said Capt. Nancy Ridgely, who heads the communications department of the Prince George’s County Office of the Sheriff.
College student Edison Pineda, who lives across the street from the run-down house, said two deputies first arrived at the house about 11:30 a.m. but then called for assistance.
When the deputies attempted to go into the house about 1 p.m., about 30 shots were fired, Pineda said.
Once the shooting started, Pineda said he went into his own house and stayed there.
Pineda said the man being evicted “kept to himself and had a bunch of cats.”
The man was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Capt. Steve Yuen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police Department, which is investigating the case.
Yuen declined to identify the man Monday, because no charges had been filed.
Yuen also declined to say whether the man had fired a gun during the incident.
“The investigation is ongoing,” he said in an email Monday.
Ridgely said none of the sheriff’s deputies were shot during the altercation, but several suffered other injuries, including one with a concussion, another with a twisted ankle, and two with bruises, Ridgely said.
Another deputy was still in the hospital as of Monday, said Ridgely, but she declined to say why.
Ridgely said four deputies have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.