Last night as two Washington D.C. Police officers were responding to a call of “Shots Fired”, they were involved in a deadly confrontation with the suspect. The officers, who were in uniform and on duty, were both shot in the lower part of the body, according to police. But a department spokesperson said that both were expected to be released on Friday following treatment.
That however, is not the case for the suspect in the shooting. The spokesperson said that it appears that when the officers responded to the radio call, they confronted the subject in Washington’s Trinidad neighborhood near Bladensburg Road around 10:40 p.m. Investigators said that the two officers were dispatched to the area in response to a report that shots had been fired earlier in the day.
At some point during the initial contact with the subject, a struggle broke out and gunfire was exchanged with the man, whose name has not been released. Details are still unclear, but during he confrontation, both officers were wounded and the subject was shot. He later died of wounds he received in the struggle
“Both officers are in good condition and are expected to be released today,” said Gregg Pemberton, the police union’s treasurer. The District’s acting police Chief, Peter Newsham, added: “They both were in good spirits.”“The two best witnesses that we know of right now are the two officers.” Newsham told reporters: “We do have a weapon recovered from the scene, which we believe to be the suspect’s.”
Police also have not released the names of the two injured officers. But in a show of support for the pair Thursday night, both Newsham and Mayor Muriel Bowser joined them at the hospital. “A lot of us became very concerned,” said Pemberton. “It’s kind of a situation that makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck.”“After speaking with the officers, there was a collective sigh of relief from everybody,” he said.
The shooting unfolded just hours after Bowser announced that Newsham was her choice to lead the D.C. police force permanently. Newsham has been serving as the acting police chief since former Chief Cathy Lanier stepped down in September.