WASHINGTON (WUSA9)- Police shot and killed a suspect wanted in a recent murder after an exchange of gunfire on Tuesday morning. Some neighbors in Northwest woke up to a barrage of gunfire.
It was just after 6 a.m. when Lorenzo Davis pulled into his construction site at K and First streets, NW and noticed two unmarked police cars. The vehicles sped off and minutes later he heard the sound of gunshots.
"We're kind of used to seeing police presence around here but when we noticed they were undercover we figured it was something big," said Davis.
His co-worker exclaimed, "Oh my, the sound of that gunfire! It was outrageous, the gunfire!"
"It's a dangerous job," said Metropolitan Police Department Police Chief Cathy Lanier, "and this task force is good at catching wanted suspects who go into hiding."
Police Chief Lanier said working on tips, members of the Capital Area Regional Task Force were staking out the man wanted for a February 27th shooting of 19-year-old Tykia Dickerson on the 3600 block of Jay Street NE. Seven agencies including the FBI, MPD and U.S. Marshals make up the task force. When the officers surrounded 77 K Street Tuesday morning, the suspect ran out the back door and started shooting.
Commander Rob Fernandez with the U.S. Marshals said, "They've been working this case for about a week and a half for a homicide suspect who had multiple locations. They (officers) weren't sure he was there at the time they went there to do an interview."
With the suspect down, police had to search the home. Unsure if the residents inside were armed as well, they called in back up including a heavily armed SWAT team. About an hour later, the area was cleared of any danger. Police were not hurt. Their suspect died at the hospital.
K Street is now open between North Capitol and New Jersey Avenue NW.