A Richmond man who took a Southeast liquor store owner hostage yesterday after he and his brother allegedly attempted to hold up the store was shot to death by District police officers and his brother was charged in his death, D.C. police officials said.
Police said Lucius White, 38, was shot 13 times after he fired one shot toward police officers who had surrounded the Normandie Liquor Store, at 83 M St., SE.He was pronounced dead at D.C. General Hospital about 30 minutes after the 8:45 a.m. shooting, police said.
They said George White, 35, of 5537 Central Ave. SE, who entered the store with his brother but gave himself up before the shooting, was charged with felony murder because he allegedly took part in a crime that resulted in a death. A magistrate ordered him held without bond yesterday during a hearing in D.C. Superior Court, authorities said.
There were no other injuries.
Police said the incident began about 8:40 a.m., when a cabdriver saw a man, who apparently was opening the front door of the liquor store, being pushed inside by two men, one of whom appeared to be armed with a handgun.
The cabdriver alerted a police officer in a scout car nearby, and five police cars went to the store, police said.
They said the ofifcers yelled to the men inside the store that police were stationed at the store's front and back entrances and ordered the robbers to give themselves up. A few minutes later, one of the men walked out the front door with his hands up and surrendered, police said.
Officials said the officers repeatedly ordered the other robber to give himself up. Within minutes, the second robber emerged from the front door holding a man in front of him, and pointing a .45-caliber pistol at the man's head, police said. As the two men moved out the door, the gunman tripped on the sidewalk, police said and hostage was able to run away.
The gunman quickly regained his footing and fired once toward the officers, police said. They said four officers returned the fire, and shots struck the man in numerous places, from his ankles to his head. Police said the officers fired a total of 19 shots, and 13 struck the man.
The D.C. Medical Examiner's office said yesterday afternoon that an autopsy showed shots to the abdomen, chest and head all contributed to Lucius White's death.
The four officers were placed on administrative leave pending a grand jury investigation of the shooting, a move that officials said was routine in cases in which someone is killed by police gunfire.
Police identified the officers placed on leave as Sgt. John A. Simmons, Sgt. Jose Acosta, and Sgt. Donald L. Wallace, all of whom are 13-year veterans of the force, and Officer Michael C. McLanahan, a 16-year veteran. All are assigned to the 1st Police District.
The store owner, David Silverman, said after the incident, "I'm very glad I'm still alive." Silverman, who was at work in his store, declined further comment.