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Man Fatally Shot by U.S. Capitol Police

July 15, 2009
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677  

The U.S. Capitol Police was involved in a fatal shooting this evening and the death investigation is currently being led in a cooperative effort by the Metropolitan Police Department with the full support of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Shortly after 5:00 p.m., United States Capitol Police officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Union Station. The suspect fled from the U.S. Capitol Police in a white Mercedes Benz sedan at a high rate of speed, driving erratically and dangerously. As he fled, he nearly ran over two officers--one on foot at Union Station who was already on a separate traffic stop, and one motorcycle unit near New Jersey Avenue and C Street, NW. The suspect then struck a parked car in the 200 Block of New Jersey Ave., NW near C Street. He then crashed into a marked U.S. Capitol Police cruiser. The subject disregarded repeated demands by police officers to put down the weapon that the suspect had. He began shooting a weapon at several U.S. Capitol Police officers. U.S. Capitol Police officers who feared for their lives, returned fire hitting the suspect.

Two U.S. Capitol Police officers sustained non-threatening injuries and were treated on the scene by the Office of the Attending Physician and DC Fire & EMS. Those same U.S. Capitol Police officers immediately began administering first aid to the suspect until relieved by DC fire department personnel. The offender was transported to the hospital and expired.

This was an isolated incident with the sole suspect involved deceased. U.S. Capitol Police continues to process the crime scene in the 200 Block of New Jersey Avenue, NW.

Officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

If there are any questions about these events, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.

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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer