The Maryland police officer who allegedly shot and killed a 43-year-old man who had been handcuffed with his arms behind his back inside a police cruiser Monday night has been charged with murder, The Washington Post reports. Prince George’s County Police Officer Michael Owen Jr. is reportedly in custody and awaiting a bond hearing less than 24 hours after he allegedly killed William Green. According to officials, Owen killed Green by shooting him seven times while he was cuffed and sitting in the passenger's side seat of a police cruiser. Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Owen was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and associated weapons charges. “I am unable to come to our community this evening and offer you a reasonable explanation for the events that occurred last night,” Stawinski told reporters. “I have concluded that what happened last night is a crime.”
Police previously said officers responded to reports that an erratic driver had struck multiple vehicles near the Temple Hills community on Monday night. Police initially said officers believed Green was under the influence of PCP but Stawinski later said it appeared that PCP was not involved in the incident. One witness told officials there was a struggle in the cruiser before Green was shot, but Stawinski said he would not corroborate their account. Green's death was also not caught on the officer's body camera.