Early Morning Shooting and Van Chase Leaves Two Dead, Two Officers Wounded
The following is from the Washington Examiner and describes an incident that started early this morning (1/29/12) on the 700 block of Otis Place in Park View and ended on the 400 block of Taylor Street, NE.
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Two people were killed and two police officers were injured early Sunday when a minivan fleeing a crime scene lost control, D.C. police said.
At about 3 a.m., police got several reports of gunshots being fired from a vehicle in the 700 block of Otis Place in the near Petworth (sic) neighborhood in Northwest Washington, said Commander James Crane. A man flagged down the officers saying that someone shot at him and drove away in a burgundy minivan with Virginia plates.
Responding officers saw a minivan that matched the description speeding down the 300 block of Upshur Street NW. The officers pursued the vehicle as the minivan blew through several stop signs, Crane said.
The minivan sped to the crest of the hill in the 400 block of Taylor Street NE and lost control, Crane said. The minvan tumbled over several times before crashing into a tree and landing on the hood of a police car coming from the other direction.
The police officers in the struck vehicle saw the minivan flip end over end and were able to stop and pull over to the side before the minivan crashed onto their car, Crane said.
The occupants of the minivan were tossed from the vehicle, Crane said. Two adult males were pronounced dead on the scene. A 17-year-old was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
The officers were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatenting injuries, police said.
Police found evidence linking the van to the original shooting at Otis Place in Petworth (sic).
The identities of the deceased were not availabe. One was a 19-year-old and the other has not been identified, Crane said.
Police failed to get a name of the man who flagged down police and would like to speak with him again to help with the investigation, Crane said. Anyone with information can call police at (202) 727-9099.Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/capital-land/2012/01/two-dead-two-officers-injured-police-pursuit/2147671#ixzz1ksb15ecj