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Five Maryland cops suspended after vehicle pursuit kills 62-year-old woman and adult son

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 7/14/2020 Elliot Henney (ABC7)

Two Prince George's County residents are dead after their SUV slammed into at least two utility poles during a police pursuit on Thursday, according to police.  

Lynda Ann Jones, 62, of Capitol  Heights, and her son Richard Sylvester, 42, of Capitol Heights, were pursued by police for 6.7 miles when their SUV crashed on Old Branch Avenue near Tarquin Avenue around 5:00 p.m., authorities say.  

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Police say they responded to a disorderly call for service at a gas station on the 7500 block of Old Branch Ave around 4:45 p.m. Thursday after the 911 caller said the two individuals at one of the pumps were acting in an unusual manner.  

A patrol officer reportedly spoke to the occupants of the SUV briefly before they drove off.  After a 6.7 mile pursuit, police say the SUV crashed into at least two utility poles.  

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The county says all five officers involved in the pursuit have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.  

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If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to call Prince George's County police at 301-516-5721.


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