UPDATE: Prince George’s Co. officer that killed theft suspect identified


PRINCE GEORGE’S CO. – A Prince George’s County Police Officer shot and killed a theft suspect who pulled a gun on the officer during a fight, police say.

The involved officer is identified as Corporal Joseph Keifline. He is a 10-year veteran of the department and is assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.

The investigation shows officers responded to the 3300 block of Huntley Square Drive in Temple Hills after a citizen reported seeing a suspect stealing items from his car.

Upon arrival, one officer found a man matching the suspect description given by the caller. Police identified him as 23-year-old Jose Alvarez.

Police say the officer tried to talk to Alvarez, but he ran across the street into an apartment building on Brinkley Road.

Then, Keifline found Alvarez hiding in a laundry room. Investigators say he did not comply with the officer’s commands.

A struggle broke out between Keifline and Alvarez. The Keifline tried using a taser on Alvarez, but it did not affect the suspect.

That’s when, police say, Alvarez took out a handgun. Keifline put his hand on the suspect’s gun to prevent the suspect from pointing the gun at officers. Alvarez fired the gun.

In return, Keifline fired his gun, striking the suspect.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and his gun was recovered. No officers were injured during the incident and police say the officer is now on standard administrative leave.

A resident at the apartment complex recorded the video below of the officer-involved shooting.

From police:

Regarding the two prior shootings to which she refers in the video, one allegedly occurred two weeks ago when a witness says a male fired a gun towards a female.  That was not reported to police until today.   Detectives are working to verify the incident.  The second case happened yesterday and involved a group of males in a car shooting another car.   No one was injured.   Our officers were called, responded to the area, and recovered a shell casing at the scene.  The earlier reported non-contact shooting and the vandalism by gunfire cases are being handled by our Regional Investigation Detectives.

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