Suspects sought in attacks on D.C. cops

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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


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