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Police: Man who pulled gun on Prince George's officers charged with assault

Officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle call when a man inside the car allegedly pulled a gun on them before speeding away, police said.

LANHAM, Md. — A 20-year-old man who was shot at by police after allegedly pulling a gun on officers is now facing assault charges.

Prince George's County Police arrested Tyler Clendenen Monday afternoon, after they had been searching for him for several hours. Clendenen is charged with assaulting two PGPD officers, along with multiple firearms offenses.

A resident on Hickory Hill Avenue in Lanham called 911 around 8:40 a.m. Monday to report of a suspicious car whose horn had been going off for about two hours. Two responding officers approached the driver, who was the only person in a black four-door sedan. 

In a news release put out by the police department, authorities say that officers saw a gun on the front passenger seat as they approached Clendenen in the car. When they started talking to him, police claim he reached for the gun, and one officer tried to stop him, but a shot was fired inside the car from Clendenen's gun, police say. 

“After a brief struggle with Clendenen, one officer discharged his duty weapon," police said in a statement.

No one was hit or injured by either shot, police said. 

The police department said Cleneden, who sped away from the crime scene, was later caught, around 4 p.m., in the Greenway Shopping Center in Greenbelt. Police said he was taken into custody "without incident" and he's being held without bond. 

The officer who discharged his weapon is a 16-year veteran who is on a routine administrative leave, PGPD said in their statement. 

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