A 26-year-old Hyattsville man was fatally shot by D.C. police yesterday as the man tried to run over two police officers with his car in an incident triggered by a burglary that was followed by a high-speed chase in which two persons were injured, D.C. police reported.
Police identified the victim as Charles Nicholas Garufi. The medical examiner said he died of gunshot wounds to the neck and arm.
Police gave the following account of the incident, which occurred at 5 a.m..
Officer Roy Derr spotted a car parked in the rear of Austin's Garage, an auto repair shop, at 1314 9th st. NW. Derr discovered that the garage had been broken into and radioed for help.
He then approached three men who jumped into the parked car. Derr, dressed in plain clothes, identified himself as a police officer and ordered the men to halt.
The driver of the car sped toward Derr, who fired three shots at the driver before jumping out of the car's path.
Officer William Carbone was rounding the corner as the car approached 9th Street from the alley. Carbone fired one shot at the driver and jumped against the wall of a building to get out of the path of the car.
The car sped north on 9th Street with police cruisers in pursuit. The car turned east on Florida Avenue and the driver lost control and hit a tree in the 500 block of Florida Avenue.
Two passengers in the car, Eddie McCrimmon, 44, of no fixed address, and Lewis Walker, 35, of 1150 12th St. NW, were listed in serious condition at D.C. General Hospital where they were being treated for rib and back injuries respectively. Police said each had been charged with burglary and assault with intent to kill a police officer.
The two officers have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation, police said. CAPTION: Picture, Three suspects being chased by police were in this car that struck a tree on Florida Avenue. One man was slain in shootout. By James A. Parcell - The Washington Post