Details on Wednesday Night Shooting, 400 Block of Kenyon

Police in alley between 400 b/o Kenyon and Irving. Photo from Twitter user @DawnCrothers

Police in alley between 400 b/o Kenyon and Irving. Photo from Twitter user @DawnCrothers

As many readers may already know, especially if they live in the 400 blocks of Kenyon or Irving streets, there was a shooting in that area a short time past 11 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th. Yesterday evening, the Washington Post was able to publish a lot more details than had previously been released.

According to the Post, the charging documents in the case detail how a tactical officer in an unmarked vehicle saw Mark A. Vanderhall, 27, of Suitland walking on Georgia Avenue and suspected he had a concealed weapon. The officer, clearly identified, stopped Vanderhall and asked to pat him down. Vanderhall ran and the officer chased in pursuit.

The Post continues …

… Vanderhall ran north on Georgia Avenue, drawing a black handgun from his waistband. Police said the officer got back into his car and chased after the suspect, shouting through his open window, “Police, stop, drop the gun.”

Police said the man made his way back to Kenyon Street and then an alley, where officers tried to box him in. Police [said] he had his gun in his right hand.

Authorities said the man managed to run down another alley, where he stopped. The court documents say the tactical officer jumped out of his vehicle and again ordered Vanderhall to drop the gun.

“The defendant turned to his left and took a police type stance aiming his gun directly at [the officer],” the court documents state. “The [officer] ducked down behind the open door and fearing for his life fired several rounds at [Vanderhall].”

Vanderhall was wounded, conscious and breathing and transported to a hospital. He remains hospitalized in intensive care and “has been charged with felony assault on a police officer and carrying a pistol, according to authorities.” The shooting is also under internal investigation by D.C. Police.

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