Police and the state of Maryland are now offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed an off-duty Maryland state trooper Friday.
The shooting occurred soon after Trooper 1st Class Wesley W. Brown, 24, escorted an unruly customer from the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Donnell Drive Thusday evening. The customer was upset over a disputed bill.
When Brown left the restaurant around 12:40 a.m. Friday, someone shot him, Prince George's County Police spokesman Maj. Andy Ellis said.
Ellis said police had not identified a suspect. State Police Superintendent Col. Terrence Sheridan said earlier that the disorderly customer, who fled, was the shooter, but Ellis said investigators had not been able to confirm that.
Ellis called that customer a person of interest and released a description. He is a black man, between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-8, about 135 pounds with short hair, a little bit of a beard and a dark complexion. He was wearing a light blue Hugo Boss type jacket. Police are trying to determine if other people were involved.
Investigators found multiple shell casings, but there was no indication more than one weapon was used.