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A D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer has been indicted for attempted murder.

Officer Samson Lawrence has been charged with attempted murder of his wife after he allegedly attacked her with a metal lamp post last month.

Prince George's State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says Lawrence pushed his wife to the ground after she refused to make him something to eat.  Alsobrooks says Lawrence's wife then reportedly tried to call 911, but he allegedly hit her in the head with the lamp post when she tried to escape.

Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham says Lawrence joined the department in 1990 and is a patrol officer for the department's fourth district. MPD placed him on non-contact status after learning of the allegations.  That means he has no police powers on the street.

Lawrence, who has been released on a $200,000 bond, did not immediately return request for comment.

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