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D.C. Cop Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges

A Metropolitan Police Department officer was indicted on a number of charges including attempted first- and second-degree murder in Prince George's County after a November incident in which he allegedly tried to hit his wife with a "metal lamp post," according to the Prince George's County state's attorney's office.

An MPD spokesman says the officer has been indefinitely suspended without pay. The officer has been on the D.C. force since 1990 and, most recently, was assigned to the Fifth District as a school resource officer.

According to a release from the Prince George's County state's attorney's office, Officer Samson Lawrence sprayed his wife's face with a can of Lysol after she said she didn't know where to find the screws he needed to hang a projection TV in his house. When she then refused to make him something to eat, he allegedly started pushing her.

The wife tried to call 911, but the state attorney's office says Lawrence grabbed the phone to prevent her from making the call. When she tried to escape the house, Lawrence allegedly followed her, pushed her, and began hitting her in the head with what a press release calls a metal lamp post. When she tried to escape again, he allegedly cornered her with two knives, threatening to cut her.

Lawrence’s wife was eventually able to get free and called 911 from a neighbor's home.

By the time police arrived at the home, Lawrence was gone. He was apprehended the next day and has been charged with attempted first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, and wearing and carrying a dangerous weapon with the intent to injure.

Last week, another MPD officer was arrested on charges related to the sex trafficking of minors. And just days before that, D.C. cop Marc Washington was arrested on child pornography charges after he allegedly photographed a teen girl while investigating a complaint that she had run away from home. He was later found in the water at Hains Point in Southwest D.C. and pronounced dead at a hospital.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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