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Naked man shot with taser after climbing on fire engine; charged in shooting of friend

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Mohamad Bah (Prince George's County Police) Mohamad Bah (Prince George's County Police)

At first, it seemed like a quirky incident involving a naked man sitting atop a parked fire truck. But police in Prince George's County say that naked man was involved in an unprovoked violent shooting a short while earlier. And police believe the drug PCP was involved.

A bystander recorded cell phone video of the naked man sitting on the front part of a ladder on a fire truck parked in front of a Giant supermarket in Calverton, Md., late Wednesday afternoon. The completely unclothed man shouted profanities and made threats.

"He was awfully vocal, screaming and yelling," remembers Dep. Chief Matt Tomlins of the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department. "He did vocalize some threats as to how he wanted to end peoples' lives. But, then [when] you tried to ask him why he was there (or when we attempted to coax him down), he wasn't responding."

Police officers were called to the fire truck.

Meanwhile, other police officers were called to Beltsville Drive less than a mile away. A short time earlier, a moving car had crashed into a vehicle parked on that roadway. Witnesses told police two men fled the car, and one of them began shedding his clothes. That man then showed back up at the crash scene riding by on the roof of another car.

Malik Griffin saw it: a completely naked man "just kind of standing up, waving his arms, screaming.”

Responding officers located the driver of the crashed car who told them his passenger, Mohamed Sulaiman Bah, who (the driver said) had been taking cocaine and PCP, suddenly turned around and shot a childhood friend sitting in the back seat. The victim was shot between the eyes, but was still alive as first responders arrived.

Meanwhile, back at the fire truck, police arrived to deal with the naked man on the ladder. Firefighters gently began to move the ladder away from the truck. The naked man then climbed backward on the ladder, shouted some more from the back of the vehicle, then jumped off the truck and was immediately hit with a high-voltage taser. He fell to the ground and was handcuffed.

At that point, police at the fire truck did not know their suspect was wanted in connection with the nearby shooting. Responding officers used the taser because they concluded from the man's behavior that he was high on PCP.

"Prior to this," explained Major Person, "we would have had to fight this gentleman. Somebody would have gotten hurt. Whether it was our officers, whether it was him. You can see from his [booking] pictures, he has no visible injuries from anything we did as police officers."

Bah, 24, of Burtonsville, Md., is charged with numerous offenses, the most serious of which is attempted murder. He is being held without bond.

The childhood friend who was shot remains in critical condition, but police say doctors believe he will survive.

Asked if investigators have established a motive for the shooting, police said they have no idea why the single shot was fired.

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