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Shootout, chase after Md. carjacking

At least three gunmen hijacked a car in Prince George's County early Friday and led police on a chase that resulted in a shootout in the District. authorities said.

No one was reported hurt in the shootout. Two suspects were arrested after a brief foot chase, but one other suspect got away in the carjacked vehicle, said Cpl. Henry Tippett, a Prince George's County police spokesman.

The predawn incident resulted in a police investigation that closed down the area around Minnesota Avenue and Randall Circle in Southeast well into the morning rush hour.

A D.C. police spokesman, Lt. Nicholas Breul, said officers closed portions of streets including Fort Dupont Drive leading to Randall Circle, Branch Avenue north from Pennsylvania Avenue and Minnesota Avenue in the area of Randall Circle. Officers were on the scene to direct motorists, but traffic tie-ups were reported.

The carjacking was reported to police about 3:10 a.m. on Silverhill Road in Prince George's County, Tippett said.

Police chased two vehicles into the District, where the pursuit ended on Minnesota Avenue in Southeast. The hijacked car, a burgundy 2004 Toyota Avalon with Maryland license plates, was followed by a white Honda, Tippett said.

Prince George's police pursued both vehicles into D.C., and the Honda crashed near Randall Circle, he said. Two suspects got out of the Honda and fired shots at the officers, who returned fire, Tippett said. No one was struck, according to Tippett.

During the shootout, one suspect fled the scene in the carjacked Avalon, Tippett said. He said police are still looking for the suspect and the car.

-- William Branigin

By Washington Post Editors  | September 24, 2010; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Pr. George's, The District  
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I have no sympathy for crimminals. When you decide to commit the crime you have made the decision to take the punishment. Maybe it was harsh, but trying to have your husband and his child killed..she is evil. Now I do believe that the persons she hired to do her dirty work should be in a box next to her. Maybe this will teach future co-conspiraters. In my opinion people like this are not worthy of the life that has been given to them so why waist my tax dollars on them. I would prefer the money not be spent on housing these evil beings but something more worth while like....Education, housing the homeless, seniors, hiv education..not feeding and sheltering these crimmanals.

Posted by: mslovejoye68 | September 24, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

So to be clear, three guys in a stolen car went into DC and a shootout occured, and nobody was hit. One guy got away driving the stolen car.

Good thing for him the PG officer who killed the dog earlier this morning with one shot as the dog "lunged at her" wasn't at the shootout - nobody would have survived!

Posted by: cibor | September 24, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

It's a shame the cops didn't hit and kill the three worthless thugs responsible for the carjacking. I have no sympathy for thieves and POS who steal things that they didn't work for. Death to them all.

Posted by: concernedcit1 | September 24, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


You left out the part where you wish death on their parents for their terrible job of raising the little thugs. You can always count on WP bloggers to wish for someone to either die, go to jail or lose their job. They caught them and they will be prosecuted. Sorry they cant be killed for your personal satisfaction. LOL.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 24, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I hope they are tried in Maryland on multiple counts of attempted murder on police. They will probably get a few years to think about their actions. If they are tired in the District they will probably be released on their own with a promise to return for trial.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | September 24, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

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