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Suspects Charged with Assault with Intent to Kill

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that three suspects have been arrested following an incident in which shots were allegedly fired at another vehicle and subsequently at an occupied police cruiser. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

At approximately 2:54 am on Monday, November 9, 2009, uniformed officers from the Sixth District were on routine patrol in a marked cruiser in the 5800 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>East Capitol Street, SE. At that time, they reportedly observed three suspects in a vehicle later identified as a Chevrolet Camaro firing shots at another vehicle. The suspects then reportedly spotted the officers on patrol and fired multiple shots in the direction of their vehicle before fleeing the scene. The suspects continued to evade apprehension and fled into the state of Virginia and subsequently back into the District of Columbia where they were apprehended without incident in the vicinity of Interstate 295 northbound and the exit for Malcolm X Avenue, SE.

The suspects who are all from the District of Columbia have been identified as 21-year-old Jonathan Ray, 20-year-old Benjamin Freeman and 19-year-old Shamrad Shorter. At this time they are currently being charged with Assault with Intent to Kill.

There were no reported physical injuries to the officers involved in this incident or apparent damage to the cruiser.

A victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound later arrived at an area hospital for treatment of that injury. An investigation is continuing to determine if that person may be a victim from the initial shooting incident in the 5800 block of East Capitol Street, SE. It is believed that the injuries incurred are apparently non-life threatening. The identity of that victim is being withheld, due to the fact they may be a potential witness in this case.