Body of a woman found in the Potomac; 2 stabbings leave 4 people wounded


Police investigate after a body was found Friday in the Potomac River. (Frank Yonkof/The Washington Post)
November 2, 2013
THE DISTRICT
Body of a woman
found in the Potomac

A body found in the Potomac River on Friday afternoon is that of a Caucasian woman estimated to be 65 to 75 years old, D.C. police said.

The body, found near the Watergate complex, has not been identified. Police said the woman was wearing a black shirt, blue pants, black sneakers and a pair of glasses along with a gold-colored band on the ring finger of her left hand.

— Rachel Weiner

Two stabbings leave 4 people wounded

Police are investigating two stabbings that left four people wounded Saturday in the District.

About 3 a.m., three men were stabbed in the Dupont Circle area, according to police. The incident occurred at the corner of 23rd and P streets NW. Their injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, D.C. police spokesman Araz Alali said. Christopher Moro, 30, of Columbus, Ga., was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

In a separate incident, a man was stabbed in the 1800 block of Bryant Street NE. James West, 21, of an unknown address, was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, Alali said.

— Rachel Weiner

MARYLAND
VIRGINIA
Police identify man fatally shot by officer

Fairfax County police detectives have identified a man fatally shot Wednesday by a Fairfax police officer at the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter near Fort Belvoir.

James Bryant, 28, of no fixed address, was shot as police tried to stop a fight at a homeless shelter on Richmond Highway, Fairfax police said in a statement.

Two officers responded to the shelter around 6 p.m. after Bryant, who was staying there, began assaulting other residents, according to police. When they arrived, they encountered Bryant, who assaulted one of the officers and wrestled away his baton, authorities said.

Bryant then began to assault the second officer with the baton, police said.

Officers attempted to use non-deadly force to end the assault, according to police, but those attempts were not successful. The officer who had been struck by the baton fired his service weapon at Bryant, fatally wounding him, police said.

The officer who was assaulted with the baton suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The 35-year-old officer, an 11-year veteran of the department, is a patrol officer in the Mount Vernon Police District, police said. Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave, authorities said. Police did not identify the officers.

— Caitlin Gibson

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