Seven Seconds and One Shot Into a Burglary Investigation and Melvin Jay is Dead.

February 1, 2024 — Prince George’s County, Maryland. Prince George’s County Police Officer Braxton Shelton is dispatched to a burglary in progress at an apartment in Suitland. He arrives within a minute of the dispatch, finds the apartment door ajar, and enters by himself. Seven seconds later Shelton fires one shot killing Melvin Jay, who almost certainly was lawfully in the apartment. Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz released Shelton’s body worn camera. The Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigation Division is investigating the fatal shooting. Is this a case of a justified homicide or criminal, civil, and/or administrative misconduct? Serge and Clarke comment upon the case and Serge offers an idea he believes may have prevented the unfortunate outcome.