WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The D.C. Attorney General decided Friday to drop charges against one of the suspects arrested for Thursday night's crash in Adams Morgan that injured two Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers and a District Department of Transportation traffic cop.
The man, who was a passenger in the truck, was facing an illegal gun possession charge.
Brandon Figures-Mormon, 22, of Disputanta, Va. still faces two charges of Assault with Intent to Kill and Possession Of Unregistered Firearm/unlawful Possession Of A Firearm Or Destructive Device. A spokesperson for the Attorney General said police are still investigating his case and has not presented it to their office.
MPD Police Chief Peter Newsham said an assault rifle was recovered from the truck, but added that there is no indication that this incident is terror-related.
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Providing an update on the case Friday morning, Newsham said that the traffic cop was treated and released from the hospital Thursday night. As for the two MPD officers, both are four year veterans of the force. One is in critical but stable condition, the other has serious injuries.
Newsham said preliminary investigation indicates that there was a line of cars trying to go northbound on 18th St. NW towards Columbia Rd. NW. He said Figures-Mormon tried to cut ahead of the traffic jam by leaving the northbound lane and driving at a "high rate of speed" up the median and it was here that the truck hit the two bicycle police officers.
Newsham gave thanks to first responders and by-standers, with a special mention of the Metro Bus driver that Figures-Mormon was trying to pass, for their assistance of the injured officers. He added their quick response likely saved the life of the more seriously injured officer.