The Prince George's County Police Department said an off-duty police officer was killed late Tuesday night in a collision.
Officials said the incident happened just before 11:00 p.m., when Officer Davon McKenzie was riding a motorcycle in the southbound lanes of I-495 at Route 202. There, McKenzie was struck by another vehicle.
He died of his injuries a short time later at a hospital.
"The Prince George's County Police family is broken hearted at the loss of this young officer and only son. He was well respected and loved by his fellow officers. I, on behalf of all of us who were at the hospital and all those who couldn't be, extend our deepest condolences to his family," said Chief Hank Stawinski.
Officials said McKenzie joined the Prince George's County Police Department in March of 2017 and was assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. He was 24 years old.
Prince George's County Executive Angelo Alsobrooks released a statement regarding McKenzie's death saying, “My heart breaks for this young officer, and his family, who was taken from us far too soon. Officer Davon McKenzie, who took the oath to protect and serve the citizens and residents of Prince George’s County more than two years ago, had a bright future ahead of him. I ask that God be with Officer McKenzie’s family and friends, the men and women of our police department, and the members of our community during this time of great sadness. My prayers and thoughts of love, and those of the Prince George’s County community are with each of them.”
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan shared his condolences on Twitter saying, "We are mourning the heartbreaking loss of Officer Davon McKenzie, a dedicated member of the Prince George's County Police Department. Our most sincere prayers are with his loved ones and his law enforcement family during this time of great sorrow."
Maryland State Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal collision.