One man is in jail after a shootout with police overnight in Southeast DC.
According to police, 22 year old Luvell Alverson, of Suitland, Md. robbed four people and then, in an effort to flee the area, forced five people into an SUV at gunpoint.
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According to a victim, who spoke to WUSA9 on the condition of anonymity, she and friends were hanging out near a playground when she noticed a man lurking.
"I just kept seeing someone like creeping, walking,” she said. "I was like y'all he's coming and he just started running to us and he was like, 'Get the f- in the car! Get the f- in the car!'"
Police, responding to the initial report of a robbery, caught up with Alverson near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School – that’s when investigators say a shootout began.
“As [officers] get out of the vehicle and start to walk up to the car shots are fired from the rear of the SUV,” explained Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “They take cover out of their police car…but then the suspect gets outside of the vehicle and shoots at police again, and they return fire.”
Alverson was struck in the leg and eventually arrested. Police say no one else was hurt.
Alverson was charged with robbery, kidnapping and assault on a police officer. Police do not believe this was an intended attack on law enforcement.