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Gregory Campfield, Jr., 40
Hyattsville, Maryland
August 09, 2018

Last updated: 10 months ago

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Gregory Campfield, Jr. was killed after an alleged struggle with Maryland police. Officers from the emergency services team and the narcotics enforcement division were in the area on a joint operation following a tip from an informant, who told police that a person in the area was armed, selling drugs and “terrorizing a particular part of the community” along Sheriff Road, possibly committing a series of robberies in the area, Police Chief Hank Stawinski said.

Members of the emergency services team approached the man police were informed about. He saw the officers and then ran off, but was then tackled by two officers, Stawinski said.

Police have identified the suspect as Gregory Campfield, Jr., 40, of the 7800 block of Sheriff Road in Landover, Maryland.

“In the process of the struggle, one of those two emergency services team members saw this suspect reaching for a handgun that the suspect had in his waist,” Stawinski said.

The officers then tried to prevent him from accessing the gun and aiming it at them. Stawinski said it was at this time that one of the officers shot Campfield. No more than three rounds were fired, he added.

Campfield was treated at the scene and shortly taken to the hospital, where he died, police said in a tweet. No officers were injured.