Ashan M. Benedict, the executive assistant D.C. police chief, said the driver was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Hours later, authorities said they could not say if the man had been struck by gunfire or had only been injured in the crash.
A spokesman for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department said one person was transported from the scene with at least one gunshot wound.
The incident began about 11:30 a.m., when Benedict said deputy marshals spotted a man wanted on an arrest warrant inside a vehicle at Minnesota Avenue and White Place SE, in the Randle Highlands neighborhood.
Benedict said a deputy marshal on foot confronted the man who tried to drive off, striking the deputy. He said the deputy, who landed on the vehicle’s hood, “feared for his life and discharged his weapon.”
Robert Dixon, the U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia Superior Court, told reporters at the scene that the deputy marshal “engaged the driver with use of force.”
Asked if the suspected fugitive had been struck by a bullet, Dixon said, “We are not aware of any injuries to him right now.” He declined to provide additional details, saying the investigation was ongoing.
Benedict said that after the deputy fired, the driver drove away and crashed into several vehicles in the 1200 block of Good Hope Road SE, about one mile away in Anacostia. He said paramedics were initially called to the scene for the traffic crash, which injured two people in addition to the suspected fugitive.
Authorities on Thursday did not identify the wanted man or explain why he was being sought. D.C. police are leading the investigation.