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Posted on: September 27, 2019

September 26 Shooting


The City of Hyattsville Police officers involved in this incident are Corporal (Cpl.) Jerry McCauley, Acting Lieutenant (A./Lt.) Zach Nemser, Acting Corporal (A/Cpl.) Chris Evans, Private First Class (Pfc.) Michael McQuade, Private First Class (Pfc.) Scott Hall, Private First Class (Pfc.) Mitchell Lowery, Detective and Private First Class (Det./Pfc.) Katelyn Koslosky, and Private First Class (Pfc.) Kelly Hernandez. 

Cpl. McCauley has 14 years of service, A/Cpl. Evans has 5 years of service, Pfc. McQuade has 6 years of service, A/Lt. Nemser has 11 years of service, Pfc. Hall has 11 years of service, Pfc. Lowery has 4.5 years of service, Det./Pfc. Koslosky has 3.5 years of service, and Pfc. Hernandez has 2 years of service.

As is standard operating procedure, these officers are on administrative leave.


On September 26, at 7:14 a.m., the Hyattsville City Police Department (HCPD) Communications Section received a call about an armed person, who would later be identified as 49-year-old Leonard Shand of no fixed address. The call came from an employee at a coffee shop located near the intersection of East West Highway and Belcrest Road. Three days prior, this same subject assaulted an employee at that same coffee shop, striking the employee on his head with a metal pole before fleeing the scene.

On September 26, HCPD officers arrived on the scene at 7:18 a.m., observed the subject armed with two knives, and began communicating with the subject in an attempt to disarm him and de-escalate the situation.

Officers walked alongside the subject from a distance on Belcrest Road toward Toledo Road attempting to de-escalate the situation while summoning additional less-lethal resources to the scene. Officers from the Prince George's County Police Department and the City of Mount Rainier Police Department responded to assist.

As the subject walked down Toledo Road, three HCPD officers on three separate occasions and different locations deployed their electronic control devices (Taser), however, those deployments were not effective. A fourth officer deployed OC-pepper spray, and that less-lethal option proved non-effective as well.

The subject continued to walk on Belcrest Road toward Toledo Terrace, however, officers were able to divert the subject's path of travel back toward Toledo Road where there was less pedestrian traffic and school buses boarding children.

At approximately 7:43 a.m., the subject returned to Belcrest Road at Toledo Road. An HCPD officer deployed a flash-bang device in an attempt to disorient and divert the subject's attention to drop the knives. An HCPD officer also discharged four beanbag cartridges from a less-lethal shotgun device, however, that option also proved non-effective.

Simultaneously, the subject lunged with both knives at our officer who'd just discharged the less-lethal shotgun device. At that point, our officer was not armed with a weapon to defend himself. Preliminary investigation has found that then six of our HCPD officers, three Prince George's County police officers, and one City of Mount Rainier police officer discharged their weapons.

Officers deployed trauma kits to render life-saving aid until emergency medical personnel arrived, unfortunately, the subject did not survive. The Prince George's County Police Department is the lead agency conducting this officer-involved shooting investigation. All involved officers have been placed in an administrative leave status.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department at (301) 856-2660. 

Additional updates will be posted here, and via the City's emergency alert system, which can be joined by texting "HVL" to 99411.

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