Authorities are still investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on July 23, Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Alice Kim told the AFRO.
According to Kim, at about 7:50 p.m. July 23, an off-duty police officer heard the sound of gunshots in the 5200 block of Georgia Avenue NW. The off-duty officer went to investigate and saw someone getting into a white vehicle.
The officer identified himself and gave verbal commands that were allegedly ignored by the person getting in the car. The police statement does not specify what “verbal commands” were made by the officer.
The suspect pointed a weapon at the officer, prompting the officer to fire his gun at the suspect. The suspect then drove away with several other individuals, according to police reports.
Shortly after the individuals fled the scene, two people suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds were dropped off at a local hospital by a white vehicle, police said.
Authorities identified one of the individuals as Curtis Fowler, 21, who was arrested in connection with the officer involved shooting. Fowler is charged with assault on a police officer while armed.
Investigators are unsure at this time if the individuals were shot by the officer or shot during the initial shooting that caught the officer’s attention.
According to the police, there have been five police involved shootings in 2016, of those shootings, two were fatalities.
The Police said they are searching for a white four-door sedan, possibly a Kia or a Toyota, they suspect was involved in the incident. The white car may have been struck by gunfire and could have broken or missing glass. The suspected driver is a Black female with dark skin and short dreadlocks, according to police.
Anyone with information about this case can contact police or text the tip line. The department is currently offering up to $1,000 to anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest or conviction of the persons involved in the shooting.