An armed man was shot and killed in a hail of bullets during a shoot-out with police early Sunday morning in a Capitol Hill neighborhood, D.C. police reported. It was the second police shooting in less than a week.
The unidentified man, believed to be in his early 20s, was taken to D.C. General Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. He had been shot "multiple" times in the upper body, police said.
Police said five officers were involved in the shooting and they fired on the man after he began shooting at them with a revolver. The officers were placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of the incident.
According to police, the shooting occurred at about 2:20 a.m. at 7th Street and South Carolina Avenue SE. Police said Officer George Hardy was flagged down by a pedestrian who reported seeing a man armed with a revolver. Hardy chased the suspect and was assisted in the chase by the other officers.
When the gunman began shooting at the pursuing officers, all five returned the fire with their service revolvers, police said.
Agapito Sentena, who lives in an apartment building near the scene of the gun battle, said he was awakened by the gunfire. "I heard two shots at first. I thought they were firecrackers. Then I heard about 10 more shots, which seemed like an exchange of three or four guns.
"I left the house and I saw a plainclothes detective running around his car near 7th Street and South Carolina -- he was shooting -- and the shots seemed like they were coming in my direction," Sentena said.
"That's when I went back into the house. Later, when I went back out to the street, I saw a kid lying in the intersection, sprawled on his back. I was at the corner of 7th [Street] and South Carolina Avenue, about 10 feet away, and I heard him yelling, 'I can't breathe." The officers, all from the First Police District, were identified as Warren Bisdorf, a two-year member of the force; Wilfred Bullard, a 13-year veteran; Det. Darryl Norris, with 12 years on the force, and Det. John Weber, with 13 years. Officer Hardy, also of the first district, is an 11-year veteran.
Yesterday's shooting followed another incident Wednesday in which a Second Police District officer, Thomas McCauley, shot 37-year-old Fred J. Morrow of 1635 4th St. NW, who died the following day.
Police said McCauley was walking his beat in the 2800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW when he saw Morrow with a kitchen knife about to stab another man in the back. McCauley yelled at Morrow to drop the knife, and the man turned and made a motion as if to throw the knife at him when McCauley fired, striking the man once in his chest.
McCauley was also placed on administrative leave.