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Posted at 11:57 PM ET, 07/ 9/2010

Police take shooting suspect into custody

By Terri Rupar

A man exchanged fire this week with a D.C. police officer in Northeast Washington, and police said Friday that they have picked up a suspect in the incident.

Police said an officer responding to a report of a man with a gun shortly before midnight on Wednesday found someone with a firearm in his hand in the 500 block of Eastern Avenue NE. As the officer tried to stop the man, shots were fired, police said. They said the man escaped after a foot chase into Prince George’s County.

According to police, a suspect was identified less than 24 hours later.

Police said a 21-year-old man was taken into custody on a warrant Friday afternoon by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force in the 300 block of 50th Street NE.

“Violent offenders are not going to get away with crime in this city, and they are certainly not going to get away with shooting at my officers,” Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said in a statement. “I commend the members of the community who came forward to reinforce the partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

--Martin Weil

By Terri Rupar  | July 9, 2010; 11:57 PM ET
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A thug? In PG County? Unheard of.

Posted by: sotiredofit | July 10, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Racist WashPo commenter? Who can't read and comprehend? Definitely heard of.

He was in DC when he was seen with the gun. He fled into PG. He was captured in DC not far from where he was seen with the gun.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | July 10, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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