Maryland officer Cpl Michael Owen charged with murder William Green


A Prince George’s County police officer has been taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and associated weapons charges after he fatally shot a suspect inside of his patrol car who was handcuffed and in a seatbelt.

Police received a 911 call on Monday night around 8 p.m. about a driver who struck multiple vehicles. 

Upon arrival, officers found 49-year-old William Green (pictured above). They smelled what they believed to be PCP coming from his car.

Green was handcuffed behind his back and placed inside the front passenger seat of the police cruiser and put in a seatbelt.

Cpl. Michael Owen sat in the driver’s seat while another officer waited on the drug recognition expert to arrive at the scene.

William Green was inside the cruiser 25 to 30 minutes max before he was shot multiple times by the officer.

He died a short time later at the hospital.

Williams’ fiancée said, “They dragged him our and left him on the ground. He’s still in handcuffs with his hands behind his back. They didn’t even have the decency to take the handcuffs off.”

Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy said in a statement on Tuesday:



We will seek truth and will vigorously pursue justice in a way that is fair and responsible.

Once we have received all information and completed our own investigation and analysis, I assure you that my office will be transparent and accountable to the public about our findings and how we will move forward.

William Green was a father of two, who worked for Megabus and was due for a promotion on Tuesday.

I would also like to note he was not wearing a body cam.