Suspects barricade themselves in NW rowhouse

Two U.S. Park Police officers suffered minor injuries Sunday afternoon in a car crash after attempting a traffic stop, involving two men who then fled from their vehicle and barricaded themselves inside a Northwest Washington rowhouse, officials said.

Police tried to stop a vehicle near North Capitol and Gallatin streets about 1:45 p.m., when the vehicle sped away, said Sgt. David Schlosser, a park police spokesman. After a brief pursuit the vehicle and police cruiser crashed. Two officers in the car suffered minor injuries and were taken to a hospital, Schlosser said.

Two suspects ran from their crashed vehicle and fled into a rowhouse in the unit block of Gallatin Street NW, Schlosser said. Police negotiators worked for several hours trying to convince the suspects to leave the home, he said.

It was unclear whether others were inside the house. No further details were immediately available.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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