Lionel Young. (Family photo)
The Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Office released the names of the two deputies who fatally shot a man after authorities said he rammed their vehicles with his truck.
Authorities said the deputies chased Lionel Young, 34, Sunday night after receiving a report of a domestic violence attack involving a knife. Mr. Young drove to a Landover middle school parking lot, where authorities said he “intentionally struck” the vehicles before two deputies opened fire, fatally wounding him.
A peace order petition filed by Mr. Young’s girlfriend states that the two were fighting after a breakup when Mr. Young pulled out a knife and threatened to “gut” the woman. She drove away, but said Mr. Young followed her, trying to ram her car. She called 911 and officers were attempting to escort her to court to file for the peace order when they spotted Mr. Young and gave chase.
The deputies who gave chase were identified Tuesday as Cpl. Jamal Dedier, a six-year agency veteran, and Deputy Anthony Bynum, a five-year agency veteran.
Both deputies are on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, as is usual department protocol.
Neither deputy was injured, said Sharon Taylor, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. The deputies have been with the department for five and six years, respectively.
Young had a criminal record including arrests for armed robbery, assault, use of a handgun during a felony, theft and escape from custody, according to online court records.
It was the second fatal shooting involving a deputy in seven months. In October, Deputy Kendal Wade shot and killed 38-year-old Michael Ricardo Minor while responding to a domestic violence call in Suitland. A grand jury declined to indict Wade, according to The Washington Post. Minor’s family filed a $10 million wrongful death suit against the county last month in federal court.
Officials recovered two knives from Mr. Young’s truck.
Young’s mother, Brenda Young, declined to comment when reached by telephone Monday afternoon.