BLADENSBURG, Md. (WUSA9) -- A Prince George's County police officer is on routine administrative leave Monday morning after shooting a suspect overnight.
The suspect, 22-year-old Ivanilov Tembi Fomukong, of Bladensburg, is being treated at a hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Police said the officer has been identified as Sergeant Milton Chabla, a 16-year veteran of the Bureau of Patrol – District I. He is still on administrative leave until the investigation is over.
Police say Fomukong approached the officer, who was sitting in his parked vehicle on Annapolis Road in Bladensburg on Monday night when Fomukong knocked on the car window. When the officer rolled down the window partially, police say Fomukong spat into the car and was speaking incoherently.
The officer got out of the car to address Fomukong and noticed he was carrying a large butchers knife. The officer called for backup. A responding officer used a Taser on Fomukong, which had no effect. Police say the original officer on the scene shot Fomukong in the leg out of fear for his safety and that of other officers on the scene.
An arrest warrant was obtained charging Fomukong with three counts of first degree assault and second degree assault.
There were no injuries to officers on the scene.