WASHINGTON — An off-duty D.C. police detective was shot and another off-duty officer came under attack early Wednesday amid a recent burst of violence in the District of Columbia.
Police said the same group, riding in a car, fired on the officers in separate incidents only minutes apart in Southeast Washington. The detective told authorities that he was attacked while being carjacked in his personal sport-utility vehicle.
District of Columbia officials said the investigation was continuing, and that there was no immediate indication that the assailants knew their targets were law enforcement officers. The wounded detective, a 24-year veteran, was shot four times and underwent surgery, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. He was not identified.
The shootings sparked a frenetic pre-dawn pursuit through city neighborhoods and then a manhunt involving officers from the District of Columbia, police from Prince George’s County, Maryland and the U.S. Park Police. One suspect was arrested, and an intense search continued Wednesday night for the other assailants. Wednesday evening, police identified the arrested suspect as Romeo Hayes, 27, of Southwest. He was charged with assault with intent to kill.
About the attempted carjacking, Chief Lanier said it appears that the wounded detective “never had a chance to fire back.”
The incidents came amid an unusually violent stretch in the city. At least 14 people have been shot in the District of Columbia, one fatally, since Friday night.United States - North America - District of Columbia - Maryland - Peter Hermann - Cathy Lanier