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Investigation Ongoing In Prince George's Police Shooting

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Authorities in Prince George's County are still investigating exactly what happened in a fatal shooting over the weekend that involved a police officer. 

Shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, 35-year-old Rodney Edwards, a partially paralyzed man from Landover, Md., was sitting on the curb near his uncle's home on the 7500 block of Greenleaf Road in Landover. The uncle, Henry Edwards, says he heard multiple shots, and when he came out of his house, he saw his nephew dying on the curb near a fire hydrant. An officer was standing over Rodney Edwards with a gun, according to Henry Edwards.

"You know, why would you shoot a 95-pound guy, soaken wet, sitting on the curb, you know, five times, with no weapon?" asks Henry Edwards.

Prince George's County Police corporal Henry Tippet says a uniformed officer in an unmarked van saw Edwards lying on the street and came up to assist him.

"As the officer was exiting his car, he walked up to the male, and it was at that point in time the male sat up and pointed a handgun at the officer," Tippet says. 

Police say they have recovered a weapon they believe Edwards pointed at the officer, who is a two-year veteran of the force. The officer is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation. 

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