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Washington, DC — On Monday, May 9, 2022, at approximately 3:46pm uniformed members of the Fifth District conducted a traffic stop in the 1700 block of Benning Road, Northeast. The officers contacted two individuals in the vehicle, a driver and passenger. The officer observed the front passenger to be in possession of a handgun. The passenger shifted the gear stick of the vehicle into drive at which point the officer ordered both individuals to step out of the vehicle. After the driver exited the vehicle, the front seat passenger moved into the driver’s seat and attempted to drive away. The individual then exited the vehicle and fled on foot. As officers pursued the individual on foot, the individual removed a black handgun from their waistband area.
The individual ran northbound in the 700 block of 18th Street, Northeast, before entering an alleyway. Upon entering the alleyway, the officer observed the individual throwing the handgun to the ground. When the officer entered the alleyway, he observed the individual then picking up the handgun from the ground. The officer gave multiple commands for the individual to drop the gun, but they did not comply. The individual then pointed the firearm at the officer, who discharged their MPD-issued firearm twice. The individual was not struck by the officer’s gunfire. The individual continued to flee for a short distance, before ultimately being taken into custody. The individual’s firearm was recovered on scene.
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