“On Monday April 13, 2009 at about 12:15pm, United States Park Police Officers were investigating a vehicle involved in a crime. This vehicle, with one occupant, the driver, failed to stop for the officers. A short vehicle pursuit, about two blocks, took place. The vehicle struck a fixed object on K Street at 2nd Street NE.
The officers attempted to apprehend the driver. These two officers were on foot after this crash. When they approached the suspect, the suspect drove forward and struck one officer with his car. The two officers fired their weapons. The suspect vehicle left the scene and stopped about a block away on 2nd Street south of K Street NE.”
Both the officer and the suspect were taken to area hospitals and treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Davin Tarr captured some of the stand off (but apparently not the incident that provoked the shooting). It still seems very odd. The photo above doesn’t look good. WJLA is reporting that the suspect is 54-year-old Ronald Hughes. He did not have a gun. The TV station interviewed a witness who suggested Hughes was reaching for something when the officers opened fire:
“Added fellow witness Todd Morris, ‘The officers got out and surrounded the car, telling [the driver] put his hands up, but to me, it looked like he [the driver] was reaching for something. They, like, shot through the windshield, like, 12, 13 times and they walked over to the car and looked, he pulled off again and went up the block.'”