06 June 2006

One Perk of Sleeping Like a Brick: Miss a Shooting Just a Block Away from Home

my house is far too close to this....
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From NBC4:

Metro Officer Shoots At Car
Shooting Incident Happens During Traffic Stop


POSTED: 7:40 am EDT June 6, 2006
UPDATED: 11:00 am EDT June 6, 2006

District authorities are investigating an incident that led a Metro Transit Police officer to open fire on a vehicle early Tuesday morning.

The officer said he was heading to the bus depot on Bladensburg Road in northeast Washington around 3:30 a.m. when a car allegedly tried to run his cruiser off the road at 20th Street and South Dakota Avenue.

Slideshow: Images From Scene

Investigators said the officer pulled the car over, and it was during that traffic stop that a second vehicle allegedly tried to run him over.

Police said the officer fired three shots at the second vehicle, but it's not known if anyone was struck. The Metro Transit officer was not injured.

The second car got away, but in the first car, boxes of liquor were discovered that police believe were stolen in an overnight burglary at a liquor store in the 3900 block of 12th Street in Northeast.

The driver was taken into Metro Transit police custody as a possible suspect.

Police believe both cars were involved in the burglary.


Also see WUSA9.

Somehow I missed the end of the investigation while waiting for the bus this morning...wow. It's satisfying to see stupid crooks, though. Who else would call attention to themselves (with a trunk full of stolen liquor) by trying to run a Metro Transit cruiser off the road? Good job Mr. Metro Cop!

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From WMATA (empasis mine):

Metro Transit Police arrested a Northeast D.C. man in the early morning June 6th for allegedly assaulting an officer while fleeing from the scene of a burglary. Police arrested a 23-year-old suspect after the 3:30 a.m. incident at South Dakota Avenue and 20th Street in Northeast.

A two-year veteran of the Metro Transit Police force was on duty in the 2200 block of South Dakota Avenue in a marked police vehicle when a maroon Oldsmobile approached the car and made an apparent effort to run the officer off the road. The vehicle stopped at 20th Street and South Dakota Avenue and the driver bailed out of the vehicle. The 23-year-old officer was pursuing the suspect on foot when the driver of a full size, silver colored car attempted to run over the officer. Fearing for his life, the officer fired several rounds from his service weapon at the vehicle, which sped away, said MTPD Capt. Mike Daly. The driver of the Oldsmobile then attempted to carjack a red Geo that had stopped at the scene. The officer arrested the driver after a brief struggle. The driver of the Geo left the scene. The officer was not injured.

Police later learned the Oldsmobile was stolen, and D.C. police are investigating whether the Oldsmobile and other car were involved in a nearby liquor store burglary after 3 a.m. in the 3900 block of 12 Street in Northeast. Transit police expect to charge the suspect with assaulting a police officer and stealing a vehicle. D.C. police also are expected to file charges in the case.

Police are looking for the driver of the silver colored full size car, possibly with D.C. tags and would like to speak with the driver of the Geo. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Metro Transit Police at 202-962-1792.

Also see WTOP.

5 comments:

  1. You mean...good job firing into the neighborhood? Yikes!

    Phrases like this:
    "It's not known if anyone was struck"
    make me shiver a little bit.

    I'm glad he's alert and attentive, but gunfire sucks.

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  2. You're one tough customer - damned if I knock on the cops, damned if I congratulate them :).

    My reading of both articles took the, "Police said the officer fired three shots at the second vehicle, but it's not known if anyone was struck" as just that - they didn't know if the suspects in the car that drove away were hit, not you and I (good to know you're well, though). My guess is that's what cops are trained to do when a car attempts to run them over. All I could do is shoot pepper spray and close my eyes...but, you're right, I don't want anyone shooting rounds off into the neighborhood.

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  3. The guy sounds like a hero. I jumped to conclusions. Damn interweb.

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  4. No problemo - you all are still our favorite neighbors (just don't tell anybody else) ;)

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