Two DC police officers shot, likely suspect killed in Northeast shootout
WASHINGTON DC — Two Washington DC police officers are recovering from gun shot wounds suffered while on the job Thursday night.
Both were in uniform and in the area of Morse and Holbrook Streets NE when the shootings occurred.
“We can’t determine who fired those shots yet,” said Chief Peter Newsham who added that a man believed to be the suspected shooter was also shot and pronounced dead at the hospital.
The two officers suffered what appear to be non-life threatening injuries according to Newsham.
“Without getting into too much detail I can say they were hit in the lower half of the body,” said Newsham.
It’s not clear if the officers were trying to make an arrest or chase someone down when the shots were fired around 10:40 p.m.
The officers appear to have been with the Metropolitan Police Department’s crime suppression team who Newsham said were in the area in response to a rash of shootings in the city over the last few days.
Investigators are trying to determine what led to the shootout but Newsham said the best witnesses may be the injured officers and it may take a while to be able to talk to them given their injuries and medical treatment.
The mayor and other elected leaders were in the area following the shootings, walking the neighborhood and discussing