Police Officer’s Patrol Car Struck by Man with an Axe in Brookland – “officer was injured and is recovering”

From MPD:

“This morning a 5D officer was patrolling in the vicinity of the 3800 block of 13th Street, NE, when an unknown subject struck the front driver’s side window of the vehicle with an axe.

The officer was injured and is recovering.

The unknown subject is described as a black male, 5’9, medium complexion and wearing a black jumpsuit.

Anyone with information is urged to call (202) 272-9099.”

UPDATE from Chief Cathy Lanier:

“By now, I am sure most of you have heard that we had an officer attacked by a person with an axe around 0300 this morning while patrolling in his marked police car. The attack occurred in the 1200 block of Quincy Street, NE in the Fifth Police District. Although the officer was injured in a scuffle with the suspect, he did not sustain injuries from the axe. At this time the suspect is still at large and there is no known motive for the attack. I want to thank all of the residents for their calls and emails of support for our officer. We are relieved that his injuries are not life threatening but we must now focus on finding the person responsible. As always, we need your help. Below is a description of the suspect and the last know clothing he was wearing. Please pass along any information that you may have to assist us in locating this suspect before anyone else gets hurt.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, with a stocky build. He was last seen wearing dark-colored or black coveralls. Please contact The Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099 or send text tips to 50411 if you have any information that may lead us to this suspect.

Chief Lanier”

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