UPDATE at 6:20 PM EDT:
Prince George’s County Police have confirmed the death of PGPD Officer Kevin Bowden who was killed this afternoon in his take-home cruiser in an off-duty crash on Route 5 in Clinton, Maryland. Officer Bowden was 28-years-old and had been on the police department for six-years. He leaves behind two young children.
A Prince George’s County Police officer is in critical condition after he crashed his cruiser, emergency crews reported.
He crashed the car into a pole at Branch Avenue and Surrats Road in Clinton.
It happened at around 3:30 p.m, when crews were called out for a vehicle collision between one marked cruiser and another civilian vehicle.
One officer was transported and one civilian was transported to a local hospital.
The accident occurred at Route 5 (Branch Avenue) and Surratts Road in Clinton. Branch Avenue is closed in both directions.
This is the second serious crash involving a Prince George’s County officer in three months. Officer Adrian Morris, 23, died after his cruiser ran off Interstate 95 while he and his partner were pursuing theft suspects Aug. 20.
Julie Parker, a Prince George’s County police spokeswoman, said the officer was headed northbound on Branch Avenue when the crash occurred about 3 p.m. near the intersection with Surratts Road. She said the officer and a civilian driver were taken to a nearby hospital, though she declined to specify the extent of their injuries.
It remains unclear what caused the crash, which Parker said involved just the two vehicles. Police are holding a news conference at the hospital at about 6 p.m. to provide more details, Parker said.
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#PGPD #Police Officer Kevin Bowden after a car crash on Branch Ave. 6:19 PM
#PGPD will hold a press conference in front of the Southern MD Hospital ER at 6:15 pm in reference to the officer involved accident. 5:22 PM
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@PGPDNEWS officer involved in serious accident on Branch Ave/Surrats Rd. Media staging area at Colony South hotel parking lot. 4:03 PM
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