Local digest: A roundup of D.C. area news briefs

April 16
THE DISTRICT
NE man charged
in double slaying

A 22-year-old District man has been charged with fatally shooting two people in July 2013, according to D.C. police.

Carlton Maurice Johnson of Northeast Washington was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree murder while armed in the deaths of Anthony Chase, 19, and Eric Leeper, 27, both of Southeast, police said.

Police said the shootings occurred the night of July 17 on Ridge Road SE. A third person was shot but survived, police said.

— Rohan A. Nadkarni

New lawsuit filed in Navy Yard massacre

Attorneys for the family of a victim of last year’s Washington Navy Yard mass shooting filed a wrongful death suit in Florida alleging negligence on the part of the federal government and two contracting companies.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Hillsborough County Circuit Court on behalf of the family of Mary Frances DeLorenzo Knight, and it makes claims similar to those in a federal suit that was dismissed last year for procedural reasons. It also includes new claims based on the government’s investigations, said Sidney L. Matthew, one of the family’s attorneys.

The new suit takes particular aim at the contractors who employed Aaron Alexis, 34, identified as the lone gunman who killed 12 people — including Knight, a computer scientist from Reston — before he was fatally shot. The contractors are accused, for instance, of failing to report concerns about Alexis’s mental stability.

Matthew said another key point of the suit is the government’s failure to secure the Navy Yard and to respond appropriately to signs of mental health problems exhibited by Alexis in the months and years before the massacre.

— Matt Zapotosky

VIRGINIA
Charges filed after apartment standoff

A 62-year-old McLean man has been charged with several felonies related to a standoff with Fairfax County authorities at a Tysons Corner apartment complex.

The incident began about 2 a.m. Tuesday when police went to the apartment complex, in the 8300 block of Greensboro Drive, to investigate a noise complaint.

Authorities said that Michael Gordon was in an apartment he refused to leave and would not allow police to enter and that he told officers he had a gun and threatened to shoot them. Officers also smelled what was described as a “hazardous material” and evacuated three floors of the complex.

An unidentified liquid was found, and officials said it was being tested at a lab.

No injuries were reported. Officials said the apartment had been damaged by several fires. The charges against Gordon include burning an occupied building and threatening to burn a building.

— Dana Hedgpeth

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