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The man accused of shooting a Howard County police officer on Wednesday is in custody, reported the Laurel Police Department.
A search was launched Wednesday evening, and by Thursday morning Prather was reported to have been apprehended in a heavily wooded area near Route 1 and Free State Drive after being spotted walking in the area. He was taken away on a stretcher after having been wounded in the leg during Wednesday's shooting.
"We had a huge presence here, obviously, since yesterday afternoon. That has paid off. We saw Prather walking down Route 1 this morning, and we were able to take him into custody. He's en route to Shock Trauma," said Howard County Police Chief William McMahon.
The gun Prather allegedly used was not found, and police are looking for it.
Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said at a news conference that Houk remains in serious condition at Shock Trauma in Baltimore.
"Our thoughts and our prayers are with Office Houk and his family. We spent considerable time with him and his family yesterday in Shock Trauma, he's still in serious condition," said McMahon.
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