A U.S. Park Police officer was wounded Wednesday afternoon and a person being chased by officers was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire in the District near 12th and M streets NW, a few blocks south of Logan Circle, authorities said, APA reports citing The Washington Post.
The officer, who was hit multiple times in the torso and a leg, was alert at a hospital Wednesday evening, said a Park Police spokesman, Sgt. Thomas Twiname. He declined to identify the officer or the person who was killed.
The incident began about 2:30 p.m. when several Park Police officers saw a “suspected drug violation” near 12th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW, Twiname said. He said the officers pursued a suspect on foot for at least a block before an “exchange of gunshots.”
The officer who was wounded fired shots at the suspect, who was pronounced dead at a hospital, Twiname said. He said authorities later found the suspect’s gun at the shooting scene.
“As far as how the gunfire was exchanged, that will come out with the investigation,” Twiname said. He did not provide the officer’s age or years of experience as a police officer. Twiname said that the wounded officer had activated their body camera before the shooting and that the department intends to release video from the camera within 30 days.
Porter was killed in that incident. Police have launched an investigation to determine if the officer was hit by friendly fire.