January 18 at 1:05 PM
At one point in the chase, police said, an officer fired at one of the occupants of the fleeing Mercedes. Police said they recovered the vehicle and a handgun and arrested two men. No officers or suspects were struck by gunfire.
Interim D.C. police chief Peter Newsham decried the “mentality where people feel they can discharge firearms in our city.”
“It has to stop,” he said.
Newsham said the incident that led to three sprawling crime scenes began about 9:50 a.m., when the off-duty officer, dressed in street clothes and driving his personal car, saw a Mercedes being driven erratically near Third and U streets NE, in the Eckington community.
The officer called for help and began to pursue the vehicle. Newsham said the vehicle stopped and a passenger got out and “fired multiple shots” at the off-duty officer. The chief said investigators do not know whether the gunman knew the man he was shooting at was a police officer.