Two Officers Shot, 1 Suspect Killed in Shooting at Holbrook and Morse Street, NE

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Photo by Brittany Delafose

MPD originally reported:

“Alert: Shooting at 1229 at 1400 block of Morse RD NE. Lookout for 3 B/M wearing Black Jacket Blue Jeans. Last seen E/b 1500 blk Gales st NE”

Alan Henney reported at 10:45pm:

“u/d 2 OFFICERS SHOT and SUSPECT SHOT- Morse St at Holbrook St NE-DC.”

Fox5 reports:

“Two police officers are in stable condition Friday after they were involved in a Thursday night shooting in northeast D.C. that left a suspect dead. Acting D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, alongside Mayor Muriel Bowser, told reporters just after midnight that the two uniformed officers who suffered non-life threatening injuries were being treated at area hospitals.”

Thanks to all who sent updates last night and this morning. Further updates when the full MPD report is released.

Full update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the 1200 block of Holbrook Street, Northeast, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

At approximately 10:42 pm, members of the Fifth District Crime Suppression Team were in the area responding to previous sounds of gunshots when they attempted to stop a subject. The subject attempted to flee and ignored multiple commands from the officers to stop. A struggle ensued and there was an exchange of gunfire.

DC Fire and EMS transported the suspect to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect has been identified as 47-year-old Timothy Lionel Williams, of no fixed address.

Two MPD officers sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital in stable condition. One of the officers has currently been released from the hospital, and both are expected to make a successful recovery.

The suspect’s gun was recovered on scene and is pictured below.

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No other individuals were injured during this incident. The officers involved were placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MPD policy.

The officers had activated their Body Worn Cameras, and that footage is currently under review.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (202) 727-9099.”

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  • Multiple homicides in Congress Heights this week as well. I think over 6 individuals shot in the past few days

  • Getting warm outside….

  • OMGItsLisaB

    I live directly next to the site and saw everything happening. What was astonishing was that while the police were on the ground, other police went in to perform cpr on the shooter before tending to their own. I think that speaks volumes about the compassion of our police force compared to other parts of the country.

    It would be nice if the police presence in the neighborhood sticks around. There are still groups of people sitting out on their stoops smoking weed, drinking, and being rowdy at all hours on Holbrook and people coming up to me whenever I park telling me I have a nice car in a menacing way. I have a small child and it would be nice if he could be outside or go for a walk without fear of being shot.

    • I would venture this compassion is far more common than you think. Its an unfair generalization to look down on police from “other parts of the country.” Much of the negative is not the norm, but also the details often get lost in the translation and hype. You’re seeing this up close, and as often the case, the positive details that get lost in the meta-narrative about police.

    • so what happened? Was it a guy shooting at police and he was then shot by police? The details from the police are somewhat confusing.

  • There have been a bunch of shootings and suspicious house fires in Trinidad and nearby over the last couple of weeks – makes me think there’s some sort of gang war going on.
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    Best wishes to the cops who were injured. I think MPD generally does a great job in DC, especially compared to police forces elsewhere in the country.

    • What type of “gang war” could be going on that would warrant house fires? You think the “gangs” would set their rival’s houses on fire? If possible, can you give any descriptions on the gangster looking people?

      • Lol. Exactly. If anything it’s shady developers trying to buy up those 4unit for conversions. Of course all speculation on my part–but slowly but surely they are all being converted.

        • OMGItsLisaB

          Totally the armed suspect that was shot was probably a spec developer scoping out some new product.

          The redevelopment of the neighborhood to be mixed income and use is allowing more people to afford higher quality properties and bringing retail and services this neighborhood was severely lacking.

          Development isn’t the problem in Trinidad; it’s years or neglect.

          • I didn’t say development was a problem. But some of those people aren’t moving– because those are the only type of properties THEY can afford. Find anyone of those burnt out units and tell me if they prior residences are the ones moving back in once renovated.

        • Yes, I think drug dealing gangs might set their rivals’ houses on fire. E.g.: http://www.fox5dc.com/news/local-news/233115616-story

          Whether the fires are gang-related or not, I absolutely think that a bunch of recent shootings clustered around an area with a history of gang violence and a bunch of current drug activity is likely to be tied to a gang dispute.

  • That top tweet was from Feb 11. Charles Allen’s office retweeted it last night but I don’t know why. Notice the time given is 1229.

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