Five police officers have been suspended amid an investigation into a car chase that ended moments before a fatal crash, according to authorities.
Lynda Ann Jones, 62, and her son, Richard Sylvester Jones, 42, were killed after their car crashed into utility poles Thursday evening following a chase by Prince George’s County police officers, the department said in a statement Friday.
Officers were initially dispatched to a gas station near Clinton on a report of two people acting in an “unusual manner” at a gas pump, according to officials.
A patrol officer spoke to the occupants before they drove off in their SUV, the statement said. Officers chased the car for nearly 7 miles (11 kilometers) before it hit the poles.
Police said in a tweet Thursday that a supervisor called off the pursuit over a radio just before the crash.
The Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit was investigating the collision and the Internal Affairs Division was reviewing the officers’ actions, according to the statement.
The department did not immediately identify the officers involved.