WASHINGTON (AP) — Shots were fired during a criminal investigation at an intersection in a Washington, D.C., neighborhood, leaving one man dead and two police officers wounded, authorities said.
Uniformed officers with a crime-suppression team were in the neighborhood Thursday night after shots had been fired there earlier, acting Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference around midnight. Shots were fired and the officers fired their weapons, he said.
The officers were struck in their lower bodies and a man with gunshot wounds was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital, Newsham said. He said the officers’ injuries didn’t appear to be life-threatening. A weapon was recovered on the scene, he said.
Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said by telephone Friday morning that the officers were in stable condition.
Sternbeck had few details about the circumstances of the shooting, but said during an appearance on WTTG-TV on Friday morning that shots were fired during an interaction between the man and the officers. One officer underwent surgery overnight, but the prognosis for both officers is excellent, he said.
Fellow officers took the wounded officers to a hospital in their cruisers, something Newsham called “not the best practice.” He said it would be reviewed but it was a “tough call.”
“When one of your colleagues has been shot, they’re facing a potentially life-threatening injury, your first instinct is really to try to get them help and that’s what they did,” Newsham said.
The officers activated their body cameras and the footage will be pertinent to the investigation, said police spokeswoman Rachel Reid. The officers have been placed on routine administrative leave, she said.
Police did not release the names of the officers or the man who was fatally shot. Reid said the department doesn’t release the races of officers or others in shootings involving police.