Monday, September 1, 2014

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer Edward Merson

World War I Vet Was First Member of Department to Make Ultimate Sacrifice


Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Officer Edward D. Merson, lost this day in 1937 while responding to a call for service.

Officer Merson was born on December 17, 1890, in Laurel.  He served with honor and distinction in the United States Army during World War I.  Officer Merson was appointed to the Prince George’s County Police Department in June of 1935 and assigned to the Hyattsville station.

On the morning of September 1,1937, Officer Merson received a call for service for a car that was submerged in a pond with its passengers reportedly drowned.  While en route to the scene, Officer Merson lost control of his police vehicle on Baltimore Avenue, left the roadway, and struck a tree near what is now Muirkirk Road.  Officer Merson died from his injuries several hours later.


Officer Merson served the Prince George’s County Police Department for two years and was the first member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He was the second law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George’s County.


At the time of his death, Officer Merson was 46 years old and survived by his wife and two children.

PGPD Remembers Fallen Officer Sergeant Mark Murphy


Let us pause to remember our fallen hero Sergeant Mark Kevin Murphy, lost this day in 1988 as a result of injuries sustained during the execution of a narcotics search warrant.

Sergeant Murphy was born on June 26, 1953, in Tacoma, Washington.  He moved to the Washington, D.C. area in 1972 and spent the next two years as a fingerprint clerk for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Metropolitan Police Department.  Sergeant Murphy joined the Prince George’s County Police Department in March of 1974.  After graduating from the training academy, he was assigned to the Seat Pleasant district station.  In 1976, Sergeant Murphy was transferred to the Special Operations Division and two years later joined the Emergency Services Team.


On the evening of August 31, 1988, Sergeant Murphy and his team were preparing to execute a narcotics search warrant on 64th Avenue in Riverdale.  As they approached the target apartment, Sergeant Murphy assumed a kneeling position and deployed a hydraulic device to assist in making entry.  As the device took effect, his teammates perceived a deadly threat from within the target apartment and responded with lethal force.  As Sergeant Murphy stood up from his position, he inadvertently entered his colleagues’ line of fire and was gravely wounded.  The Sergeant was rushed to the hospital where he died a short time later.


Sergeant Murphy served the Prince George’s County Police Department for 14 years and was the 16th member of this agency to make the ultimate sacrifice.  He was the 27th law enforcement officer to give his life in service to this profession within Prince George’s County.


At the time of his death, Sergeant Murphy was 35 years old and survived by his wife of three weeks and his teenage daughter.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PGPD Investigating Murder in Cottage City Detectives to Canvass Surrounding Neighborhoods Today

The Prince George's County Police Department's Homicide Unit is investigating a murder in Cottage City. The victim is 20-year-old Everett Robert Brown of Cottage Terrace in Brentwood. An up to $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case.    

On August 30, 2014, at about 6:45 am, Maryland-National Capital Park Police officers were called to the Anacostia River Trail for the report of an unconscious man. When they arrived, they found Brown suffering from gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Detectives are working to determine a motive and identify the suspect(s) in this case. They will canvass neighborhoods near the trail this afternoon at 1:00 pm seeking additional information. The canvass will begin in the 4100 block of Cottage Terrace. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.  Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgcrimesolvers.com/ and submit a tip online.


For more information, please call the Prince George's County Police Department's Media Relations Division at 301-772-4710. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

PGPD to Conduct Sobriety Checkpoint


The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Special Operations Division will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint tonight, August 29, 2014, from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am. Officers will be focusing on the southern portion of the county.

For more information, contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Media Relations Division at (301) 772-4710.