A police officer in Laurel shot a 20-year-old man Sunday night after he was found inside an international food market in what authorities said was a burglary.
The man’s name was not released and he is in stable condition following surgery, according to an official with the Laurel Police Department.
The incident happened around 11:18 p.m. at the Indus Food International Market in the 900 block of 4th Street. Several officers from the Laurel department responded to a call of an alarm at the store, officials said.
When they arrived one of the suspects fled on foot but was caught, police said. He was later identified as a 15-year-old boy. His name was not released.
Police then entered the store and found a second man inside. He was shot. It was not clear what he was doing or what prompted the officer to shoot him, officials said, and his name was not released.
Early Monday morning, Audrey Barnes, a spokeswoman with the Laurel Police Department, said she “can’t say” if a weapon was found. She said the incident is under investigation and the officer is on paid, administrative leave — per the department’s policy in such situations.
Barnes said one shot was fired by the officer and that was the only shot fired. The officer’s name was not released. Barnes said the officer has been a member of the department for 17 years. Officials said the incident is the first police-involved shooting in Laurel since 2003.