Local digest: Man killed in SE; State police officer dies in crash

January 12
the District
Man shot to death in Southeast

A man was shot and killed Sunday near Fort Stanton Park in Southeast Washington, police said.

The shooting occurred about 2 p.m. in the 2400 block of 24th Street SE, D.C. police said.

No name was available and no motive could be learned immediately.

Police said the suspect was described as a black male, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 130 pounds and wearing blue jeans and a black coat. They said he may have been in a white car with a black door.

— T. Rees Shapiro

Virginia
State police sergeant killed in car crash

A 65-year-old Virginia State Police sergeant was killed in his patrol car early Saturday in a single-car crash, the state police said.

Sgt. J. Michael Phillippi died at a hospital in Martinsville after his unmarked car apparently ran off the right side of Route 57 in Henry County, the police said.

The sergeant, who had spent 42 years in the state police, was working as an overnight supervisor when the crash occurred.

Police said the car sustained only minimal damage, suggesting that it was not traveling fast when the crash occurred.

The crash was under investigation, police said.

Henry County is about 225 miles southwest of Washington, near the North Carolina border.

— Martin Weil

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