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Police: Man wanted in connection to homicide killed in motorcycle crash following Northeast DC pursuit

Police have identified the motorcyclist as 29-year-old James Herndon of Hyattsville, Maryland.

WASHINGTON — Police have identified the man killed in a motorcycle crash following a police pursuit early Monday morning in Northeast D.C.

A preliminary investigation found that officers believed the driver of the 2022 Can Am motorcycle, 29-year-old James Herndon, was wanted for questioning in a homicide investigation.

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers began their pursuit Herndon around 1:46 a.m.

Shortly before 3:00 a.m., MPD says officers stopped their pursuit of the motorcycle near 6th and Penn St, Northeast when it was confirmed that Herndon was wanted in connection to the homicide case.

MPD's investigation found that officers with the U.S. Park Police continued the pursuit of Herndon onto Benning Road Northeast.

Just after 3 a.m. the pursuit ended when the motorcyclist lost control and crashed in the 2700 block of Benning Road Northeast. Herndon died at the scene of the crash, according to police

No other vehicles were involved, police say. There were no reports of injuries to officers. 

A firearm and contraband were recovered from the scene, according to police. 

Police say the investigation is ongoing.

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