DC officer shot during attempted carjacking

UPDATE: Police have identified a suspect in this morning's incident as 27-year-old Romeo Hayes, of Southwest, D.C. Hayes has been charged with Assault with Intent to Kill.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- An off-duty police officer was shot several times this morning when someone tried to car jack him. It happened on Southern Avenue near Pennsylvania Avenue. The officer is out of surgery in stable condition.

Police said three or four suspects in a maroon Nissan actually started their crime spree around 2:45 a.m. on Suitland Parkway near Stanton Road when they fired shots at another vehicle. Then they drove to Pennsylvania and Southern, where police say they attempted to car jack an off-duty detective and shot him.

"They tried to car jack him and take his car, in response to that he tried to pull his vehicle away, and then they pursued him," D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. When the officer tried to speed away, the suspects rammed their vehicle into his.

The pursuit ended at Bowen Road SE and Southern Avenue, when the suspects shot at the detective, hitting him several times.

"It does not appear the detective ever had a chance to fire back," Lanier said.

The officer was flown to the hospital via Park Police helicopter, but the pursuit of the suspects didn't end. Police say the suspects in the Altima drove into Prince George's County, then back into D.C., until police caught up with them on Hunt Place NE, right in front of Gloria Bland's home.

"You hear the car hit the speed bumps," Gloria Bland, who witnessed the end of the chase, said.

Gloria looked out her window just in time to see her brand new car get side-swiped by the suspects in the Altima.

Then she saw two of the suspects jump out of the car and make a run for it.

"They ran across to my neighbors yard and tried to jump the fence," Bland said.

Two suspects got away, but the one in the passenger seat was pulled out and arrested. "One of the guys couldn't get out because his door was messed up," Bland said.

Now police are asking for the public's help to find the remaining suspects. "We have the Nissan Altima in our possession right now but we don't have all the people in it," Lanier said.

Police have not released the name of the officer who was shot.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call police at 202-727-9099. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information.

There are several road closures in the area. D.C. police say closures on Bowen Rd/Southern Ave and outbound Suitland Pkwy have been lifted.


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