At approximately 9:30 pm, on Wednesday, January 11, 2006, Fourth District officers on neighborhood patrol observed a 2001 Dodge pickup truck pass a stop sign at a high rate of speed at 2nd and Varnum Streets, NW. Officers stopped the vehicle at Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street, NW. It was at this time that the driver reportedly placed his truck in reverse and attempted to strike the officers before fleeing.
The vehicle again stopped while at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Emerson Street, NW. At this time, the driver reportedly exited the pickup truck and began shooting at the officers. Officers managed to return fire before the vehicle fled into the 100 block of Gallatin Street, NE. It was at this time that the suspect exited the pickup truck and began coming toward the officers with the handgun. The suspect ignored repeated orders to drop his weapon and continued toward the officers, pointing his gun at them. It was at this time that 28-year-old Officer Maurice Clifford, a 3-year veteran with the Fourth District, was forced to fire, striking the suspect in the body.
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The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Thomas Jefferson Brown Jr., of the 3100 block of 17th Street, NW, was taken to the Washington Hospital Center's MedStar Unit and pronounced dead. Recovered from the scene were a handgun, a box of ammunition and a small amount of suspected marijuana.
Officer Clifford and his partner, 26-year-old Scott Pinto, a 4-year veteran of the MPDC, have both been placed on routine administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. The case is currently under investigation by members of the MPDC Office of Professional Responsibility's Force Investigation Team and the Violent Crimes Branch.