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Police lieutenant fires on armed suspect three times in making arrest

A D.C. police officer who authorities said confronted a man with a gun Wednesday night in Northwest Washington fired his weapon three times but missed, according to court documents filed in the case.

The suspect dropped his gun and surrendered by lying on the ground, police said in the documents, which provide a detailed account of the shooting in the Takoma neighborhood.

Police had initially said officers were called to the 700 block of Tewkesbury Place, two blocks from Coolidge High School, for a report of a man with a gun. But the documents state police were seeking the suspect, who was wanted on several outstanding arrest warrants, and that he “was known to carry firearms.”

Officers spotted him behind houses on the block about 9:10 p.m. and said he ran to the front, and then to the back again. The documents state that D.C. police Lt. Anthony Washington, a 19-year veteran, saw a gun in the man’s hands, drew his own weapon and ordered the man to surrender.

When the man failed to comply, police said in the court documents, “Lt. Washington discharged his weapon three times.” Police said the found a Glock handgun near where the suspect was arrested, and two full .45-caliber ammunition clips where he had been running.

Police also said they found marijuana in the man’s house, which is on the block where he was confronted. In addition to the outstanding warrants in the District, police said the man had been convicted of selling drugs in Baltimore County. In that case, court records show he was sentenced to probation in 2011.

The suspect was identified as Rouchell Chesson, 29, of Northwest Washington. He was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault on a police officer, carrying a pistol and possession of an unregistered firearm.

Peter Hermann covers crime for The Washington Post.

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