Stephon Prather, From Greensboro, Accused Of Shooting Md. Police Officer

10:16 AM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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  • Stephon Prather (Photo realeased by MD Police) Stephon Prather-2011 Arrest Photo (Burlington PD)

LAUREL, MD (WUSA9) -- Howard County Police say they have found the suspect who is accused of shooting an officer on Wednesday. WUSA 9's Delia Goncalves reports that the suspect was taken out on a stretcher in an area near Lynn Buff Ct. and Route 1.

Investigators said that officers spotted Stephon Prather walking along Route 1 on Thursday morning. They ordered him to surrender and he did without incident, say officials. Prather is being taken to Shock Trauma via ambulance for treatment of the wound he sustained on Wednesday night.

Police did not find a weapon on the suspect when he was taken into custody. They will be conducting a search of the wooded area for a gun, officials said.

Route 1 may be closed for short periods throughout the day for investigation.

Everyone from SWAT teams to Academy recruits were involved in the search on Thursday morning. Police were at schools in the Laurel area Thursday morning in an abundance of caution.

Police offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 29-year-old Stephon Prather. He is wanted for attempted murder of a police officer and multiple counts of assault against officers, police said.

Howard County Police released two photos of the Prather: one was a surveillance photo taken just before the shooting at a nearby business and the other was from his driver's license.

Police received a call from a nearby business at about 4 p.m. reporting a man with a gun on the 9500 block of Washington Blvd. When three officers arrived on the scene they were confronted by Prather who opened fire, police said. Police say they did return fire and they struck Prather before he fled the scene.

Officer Steven Houk, 30, was shot and had to be airlifted to shock trauma. He was alert and talking but was in serious condition. Thursday, officials said that Houk was still in serious condition but looked like he would recover.

Houk has been with the Department for a little more than two years.

In 2011: Stephon Prather Captured After Leading Police on Chase During Traffic Stop

Wednesday, there were about 28 officers on the scene assisting Howard County Police. They believed Prather ran into a wooded area off of the 9500 block of Washington Boulevard, officials said.

"This is a large scale operation," the official said during a press conference on Wednesday. Howard County police, City of Laurel police officers, Maryland State police, Anne Arundel County police, and Prince George's County police assisted in the investigation.

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