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Armed Suspect Arrested

Monday, July 12, 2010
A suspect who fired shots at a police officer has been arrested.

The Metropolitan Police Department announced today an arrest has been made in a shooting in which a suspect fired shots at an officer. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

Shortly before midnight on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, a uniform patrol officer responded to the 500 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Eastern Avenue NE for the report of a man with a gun. While canvassing the area, the officer observed a suspect carrying a firearm in his hand. During the officer’s attempt to stop and apprehend the suspect, he exchanged gunfire with the suspect. During the subsequent foot chase into Prince George’s County, MD, the suspect made good his escape.

The suspect was identified less than 24 hours after the incident and arrested in less than 48 hours.

At approximately, 2:05 p.m. on Friday, July 9, 2010 members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Taskforce arrested 21-year-old Pedro Gwyn-Martinez pursuant to an arrest warrant in this offense. He was arrested 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,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “I commend the members of the community who came forward to reinforce the partnership with the Metropolitan Police Department to keep our neighborhoods safe.”