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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 01/29/2012

Two dead in crash during D.C. police pursuit

Two men were killed and three people were injured, including two D.C. police officers, when the driver of a minivan being
pursued by one police car in Northeast lost control and sent the vehicle tumbling onto another police car.

Commander James Crane said the incident began shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday, when police responding to 911 calls reporting gunfire
were flagged down by an unidentified man in the 700 block of Otis Place, NW. The man told officers that people in a burgundy Plymouth minivan had just shot at him. He was not injured.

No sooner had police officers relayed the report over the radio than officers in a second car on Upshur Street, NW saw a van matching the description run a stop sign, Crane said. The police officers gave chase.

When they reached the 400 block of Taylor Street, NE, the minivan crested a hill, and the driver lost control, police said. The car
tumbled and struck a tree, and all three occupants were ejected as the car rolled, Crane said.

Simultaneously, a third police car was approaching the scene from the opposite direction. As that car came up the hill, officers saw the minivan lose control, and the cruiser pulled over to the side of the street to wait, Crane said.

The careening minivan landed on the hood of the third police car before sliding off and coming to a halt. It has not been
determined how fast the car was traveling when it lost control.

Crane said two men who were in the car both died. The name of one is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, and police have not yet identified the second man.

A 17-year-old boy who was in the car was taken to a hospital with critical injuries, Crane said. Police are withholding his
name because he is a juvenile.

The two officers also were taken to a hospital for their injuries, which are not considered life-threatening.

Crane said police do not know of anyone who was injured in the reported shooting. They are asking anyone with information
about the original incident to call 202-727-9099 with details.

By  |  12:50 PM ET, 01/29/2012

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