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Man fatally shotin Northwest

D.C. police are investigating a shooting Friday night that left one man dead, authorities said.

Police were called to the 1200 block of North Capitol Street in Northwest about 9:20 p.m. after receiving a report of a shooting, spokesman Hugh Carew said.

When officers arrived, they found 32-year-old Donta Thrower of Northwest suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. Thrower was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police do not have a suspect in the case, Carew said.

— Lynh Bui

Fire official dieswhile on duty at base

The battalion chief of Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling died Friday while on duty.

Air Force authorities reported the death of John McDonald, 54, a Navy veteran. Black bunting was draped on the outside of the firehouse for McDonald, who served at the Naval District Washington Fire and Emergency Services Central Battalion station.

Additional details were not immediately released.

— Keith L. Alexander

Officers involvedin shooting named

Prince George’s County police have identified the officers involved in a Friday shooting that left one man dead after he refused to put down a pellet gun that resembled an assault rifle, authorities said.

Cpl. Vincent Tabbs and Officer Andrew Nacin have been placed on routine administrative leave as the department investigates the shooting that left the Suitland man dead.

Police have identified that man as Mark Anthony Blocker, 20.

The incident began about
2:15 a.m. Friday when police were called to the 3300 block of Curtis Drive after receiving reports that a man wielding a “long gun” was arguing with another person.

Officers saw the man with what appeared to be an assault rifle and ordered him to drop the weapon, police said.

When the man refused to comply, officers who were “in fear for their lives” fired their guns and hit the man, authorities said.

— Lynh Bui

Assault at Loudoun mall investigated

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an assault of a 16-year-old girl in a bathroom stall at Dulles Town Center on Friday morning.

A man reached under the stall and grabbed the teenager, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect then fled.

The sheriff’s office said the assault is the second incident at Dulles Town Center reported in the past month. Two weeks ago, a 62-year-old woman was inside a bathroom when a man touched her inappropriately from an adjacent stall.

— Ovetta Wiggins


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