Monday, April 13, 2009

US Park Police Officer Involved Shooting -- Update

On Monday April 13, 2009 at about 11:50am, United States Park Police Officers were alerted to a man with a gun in the area of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue. The Officers located the described vehicle and observed the operator enter the vehicle. When the officers attempted to stop this car, the operator drove away leading to a short pursuit. During this pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck a fixed object in the area of 2nd Street and K Street NE.

When the Officers approached the car, the driver backed up rapidly striking an Officer with his car. The two Officers at this scene fired their guns at the driver. The driver then made a rapid U-Turn and then drove forward towards the officers attempting to strike them once more. Again the officers fired.

The suspect fled the scene and drove on the sidewalk of 2nd Street south from K Street. About one block later, the fleeing car struck another marked US Park Police cruiser.

The fleeing driver was then apprehended.

The suspect sustained several gunshot wounds and was transported to Washington Hospital Center for treatment of NON life threatening injuries.

The struck Officer was also transported to a local hospital for treatment of NON life threatening injuries.

The suspect is Ronald Hughes 54 years old of North West Washington, DC.

Multiple charges are pending against Mr. Hughes.

No bystanders were injured in this incident.