PG Corporal Charged With Murder Of Handcuffed Man

Landover, Maryland (Tuesday, January 28th, 2020) – Prince George’s County Police have charged one of their own with murder in the death of a handcuffed man inside a police cruiser.  Chief Hank Stawinski, calling it one of the most difficult days of his career, announced that Corporal Michael Owen is in custody facing second degree murder, manslaughter, and a host of other charges.  Owen is accused of shooting 43-year-old William Green Monday around 7:20pm after he pulled Green over for allegedly striking several vehicles while driving on St. Barnabas Road in Temple Hills.

Chief Stawinski was joined by Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy in making the announcement at police headquarters in Landover.  Stawinki says Green was shot seven times while handcuffed and there was no justifiable reason for the shooting. Corporal Owen has been with the police department for 10 years.  Police records show he was involved in another officer-involved shooting in December 2011.  Owen is in police custody awaiting a bond hearing.


Alsobrooks has ordered Stawinski to direct an independent review of the department’s training practices to make sure an incident like this never happens again.

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