Katie Mettler

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering policing, courts and justice

Education: Indiana University, BA in journalism

Katie Mettler is a reporter covering policing, courts and justice in Prince George's County, Md., for the Local desk of The Washington Post. She previously worked on The Post's national general assignment and Morning Mix teams. Before moving to the District, she was a breaking news reporter for the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Latest from Katie Mettler

Q&A: Prince George’s police chief on kids, community trust and crime

This year, Prince George’s County police have investigated slightly more homicides compared to last year. The county also saw a trend of domestic homicides.

January 20, 2024

3 people jailed in Montgomery County die within 48 hours, officials say

Officials said two of the people died at Holy Cross Hospital and one was pronounced dead at the jail.

January 12, 2024

His Maryland zebras escaped. Two years later, USDA has revoked his license.

Federal officials have permanently revoked the USDA license of Jerry Lee Holly — the owner of Maryland’s famed runaway zebras— and fined him $15,000.

January 12, 2024

Officer charged with murder testifies at historic trial in Maryland

Michael Owen is on trial after being charged with murder for fatally shooting a handcuffed man in a Prince George’s police cruiser. Owen testified in his own defense.

December 4, 2023

Jury to weigh: Was fatal shooting of handcuffed man by police criminal?

Prince George’s County police officer Michael Owen fatally shot a man. Was it murder or self-defense?

November 28, 2023

Roommates file $16 million suit against police who shot their dog

The owners of a dog that was shot by officers in Prince George’s County, Md., and later had to be euthanized, are suing the police.

November 27, 2023

Murder trial begins for Prince George’s officer charged with killing man

In 2020, Prince George’s police Cpl. Michael Owen Jr. was charged with shooting William Green during a traffic stop. Nearly four years later, his trial begins.

November 27, 2023

Former Md. mayor gets 30-year prison term in child-pornography case

Former College Park Mayor Patrick Wojahn to prison after he pleaded guilty to 140 child pornography charges.

November 20, 2023

U.S. judge ordered to rethink ruling on Prince George’s pretrial system

A federal appeals court has ordered a judge to reconsider his ruling denying a preliminary injunction that could have released people at the Prince George’s County jail.

November 18, 2023

Family ‘distraught’ after man’s death at Johns Hopkins was ruled a homicide

Paul Bertonazzi was driven to Johns Hopkins Hospital after experiencing a mental health episode. He was paralyzed within hours and dead five days later.

November 4, 2023