Detectives assigned to the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, with the assistance of members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Park Police, are investigating a fatal shooting at the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>United StatesHolocaustMemorialMuseum.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
Shortly before 1:00 on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10, 2009, a lone gunman armed with a long gun opened fire on Special Police Officers (SPO’s) guarding the front entrance of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, located at 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW (14th Street and Independence Avenue, SW). The gunman shot one SPO and was himself wounded by return gunfire from two other SPO’s. An off duty Metropolitan Police Department officer in the vicinity at the time the incident was dispatched, along with United States Park Police officers, immediately entered the museum and rendered first aid to the injured.
The mortally wounded SPO and the as yet unidentified suspect were transported by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department personnel to an area hospital where the SPO was pronounced dead and the suspect was admitted in critical condition.
The SPO has been identified as 39-year-old Stephen Tyrone Johns of Temple Hills, Maryland.
The identity of the suspect will be released when it has been confirmed.
No further details are currently available.