THE DISTRICT

Arrest in fatal beating: D.C. police arrested a man this week in a fatal beating in Northeast Washington on June 28.

The same day that Gerald Whitfield, 26, was found dead in an alley in the 1200 block of 16th Street NE, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Harry T. Ellis, 26.

Monday morning, the D.C. police warrant squad and the FBI arrested Ellis in the 200 block of K Street SW. Police listed two addresses for Ellis, in the 1200 block of Holbrook Terrace NE and in Alexandria.

HOMICIDES

* A 23-year-old Northeast Washington man was found fatally shot Tuesday in the 200 block of 56th Street NE, police said. Sterling Lindsay of the 200 block of 56th Place NE had been shot several times when he was found at 5 p.m., and died about an hour later at a hospital.

VIRGINIA

Internet piracy: A leading figure in what investigators say was once the world's most successful Internet piracy ring was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Alexandria.

Authorities are seeking the extradition of Australian resident Hew Raymond Griffiths, accused of being co-leader of DrinkorDie and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement and one count of criminal copyright infringement. If convicted on both counts, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Founded in Russia in 1993, DrinkorDie illegally reproduced and distributed more than $50 million of pirated software, movies, games and music, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Justice Department and Paul J. McNulty, the U.S. attorney in Alexandria. The group's biggest claim to fame was cracking and distributing a copy of Microsoft's Windows 95 two weeks before the official release of the operating system. It was dismantled by U.S. Customs Service agents in December 2001.

Officer fires gun: A Fairfax County police officer making a traffic stop in the Fort Hunt area accidentally fired his gun yesterday morning while trying to order a motorist out of his car, police said. No one was injured.

The officer's name was not released. The gun accidentally went off when the officer tried to break the man's car window after he refused to get out of his car, after hitting another vehicle. The man was not immediately charged, but he was in police custody yesterday evening.

MARYLAND

Bank robbery: A Chevy Chase Bank branch in White Flint Mall was robbed yesterday by a man who presented a note to an employee demanding money and then vanished on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash, Montgomery County police said.

The thief did not show a weapon in the noon robbery, but kept one hand in his pocket as if he might be hiding a weapon, police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said.

Compiled from reports by staff writers.