A suspected car thief in Bowie is recovering from gunshot wounds after police say he tried to run them over in another stolen vehicle.
The incident started on Keynote Lane when investigators came looking for 26-year-old Joseph Moreland. He ran out the back door with officers in hot pursuit.
Police say Moreland spotted a black truck in a driveway on Kennison Lane. The truck was left running with no one inside it.
When he got in that truck, the officers say he headed right towards them so they opened fire.
Moreland was shot in the upper body. The truck then slammed into two other cars.
Norita Moreland says her son is in stable condition. She thinks police used excessive force to try and stop him.
"Joey's a good person,” she says about her son. “Sure, he's been down on his luck, and gotten into trouble with drugs, but he didn't deserve to be shot."
Bowie Police Chief John Nesky believes his officers will be cleared.
"It's just an initial opinion, but on the surface, from everything we've seen, it was justified, but that's what the investigative process is for," Nesky says.
Moreland has two daughters, one who is 13 months old, and the other will be eight years old next month.
The two officers involved in this shooting are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is now being led by Prince George's County Police.
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