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Police Officer, Teenager Shot Sat. Morning on 700 Block of Crittenden St, NE

by Prince Of Petworth May 21, 2011 at 8:59 am 73 Comments

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From @dcfireems:

“Update – (530a) – shooting – R/O 700 blk Crittenden St NE- EMS evaluated & transported 2 adults – both priority 1-serious- MPD investigating”


“Crittenden St NE – EMS Transported 1 adult (MPD officer) and 1 teenager”

Update from MPD:

Police Involved Shooting in the 700 block of Crittenden Street, NE

(Washington, DC) At approximately 5:10 am this morning officers responded to the
700 block of Crittenden Street, NE, after receiving a radio assignment for a male
armed with a gun. Upon arrival, they encountered an armed suspect on a porch of a
residence. Officers approached the suspect and ordered him to drop his weapon. The
suspect refused and gunfire was exchanged. A Metropolitan Police officer was struck
multiple times. The suspect who was also struck by gunfire fled the scene and was
later located under a porch in the 700 block of Crittenden Street, NE. A firearm was
recovered at the same location. The suspect was positively identified and subsequently
placed under arrest for Assault with Intent to Kill While Armed. The officer was
transported to a local hospital and listed in stable condition. The suspect was treated
and released for a minor injury.

The suspect in this case is a 15 year old male juvenile. Therefore, his name is being
withheld at this time.

  • Sleepy

    Sad. Jut wondering, at what point are people in this city going to start caring about crime? It’s pretty obvious that we don’t. Sure, the topic comes up on this blog, but ultimately it’s not something discussed at the governmental level. Crime was never raised during the mayoral debates. The councilman in charge of the Public Safety committee has gone on record to say crime is not a legislative issue. Voters in the last election got more angry about bike lanes than people being killed. What are we to do? Do we just accept crime as the cost of living in this city?

    • Freddo

      Many are concerned about crime. Unfortunately it’s often the victimized who care. By victimized I mean the people who live in the less desired neighborhoods, in which gentrification has not filtered through yet. Hence the problem.

      Safety in these neighborhoods is addressed when those with higher salaries and education start to replace those whom have lived in any given area for generations have been priced out. Then and only then does crime become an issue.

      • Anonymous

        sounds like you have more of an agenda than a solution. maybe just misinformed.

        • Jason

          He’s actually completely right

          • Dr Pangloss

            Safety in these areas begins to happen when the residents cooperate with the police. They often don’t do this out of fear, and because they’re often likely more sympathetic to folks who might break the law.

            It’s a fuckload more complicated than PP put it. Gentrifying areas tend to see lower crime because a) poor folks commit crimes; and b) middle-class folks are relentless about calling the police, and their elected officials.

            It’s the same reason littering decreases as a neighborhood gentrifies.

    • briefly

      When a CM or mayor is victimized things might change. Fingers f’ng crossed! (disclosure: I left DC and moved very far away so my opinion is moot but the above sounds like something I would have posted last year)

  • Mister Fed Up

    Here’s hoping the officer is OK!

    • Freddo

      I don’t know the full story of course…and agree and hope the officer is “OK”, but it’s strikes me that you’ve dismissed the well-being of the teenager. I hope both come through it well.

      • Anonymous

        i have a hard time having sympathy for an individual taking aim and a shot against a police officer.

      • hcfoo22

        just saw the press release. the 15 year old opened fire at the cops. The punk has already been released from the hospital while the officer is in stable condition. I think most people dismissed the well-being of the teenager because they thought (correctly) that the teenager was involved. Unless he’s doing a paper route at 5 in the morning, most likely up to no good.

      • Morty

        apolostists are part of the reason we have such a bad crime rate

        “oh won’t anyone think of the kid”
        “won’t anone think of the cop shooter”


        • me

          +a million

  • Anonymous

    It’s like the wild west around here. Children with guns shooting up the place on an almost daily basis. Hundreds of violent child fugitives on the streets now.

    It is a legislative issue, we need laws that authorize tougher stance on juvenile violence and to fund more police and community programs. To the extent that some of our elected officials are in the pocket of organized crime, it is perhaps a political and legal issue too.

  • Dante

    This is not how we should be living. Save me your typical ” move to reston if you don’t like it” BS.

    The tolerance for crime in this city is a joke.

    • Morty

      Well if there’s any positive spin on that it’s that you can cross a county border or cross the Potomac and suddenly you’re living somewhere with a negligible violent crime rate

  • sharp741

    The kid shot a police officer, but we must protect his name. How completely ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      At least Council passed — “Access to Juvenile Records Amendment Act of 2010” but it’s not enough.

      If the government continues to allow organized networks of known violent youth (with extensive access to firearms) to live among us, we should at least have some access to information about their identity and their history of violent crimes.


      • anon

        Why do you all plan to do with these names?

        • Anonymous

          Post them on the members only website.

          Or, Say hello when I see them before they shoot me. Hey bud, how’s it hangin’? Please don’t shoot!

  • dcmom

    This is in within 3 blocks of three schools, Washington Jesuit Academy, Yu Ying PCS and Potomac Lighthouse PCS. So, so sad.

  • Morty

    we should either reform DYRS or institute martial law

    • Leroy

      Your not big on gray areas, huh?

      • Anonymous

        the internet is ripe for extremists.

  • carillion

    Channel 4 news just reported that the officer was wearing a bullet proof vest and was not seriously injured. Great news.

  • Pahbs

    Another terrible violent incident. It is beyond frustrating. We hope the officer is ok, and recognize the danger they are in when dealing with some kids around here.
    However, we cant dismiss these kids or cast them off as lost causes, and we cant let our frustration/anger prevent us from seeing the tradegy that some kids around here live. I dont know what to do about these wild kids though…

    • Anonymous

      i can easily dismiss a kid that tries to kill a police officer as a lost cause. it’s not up to me to muster up respect for this kid. it’s up to him to demonstrate that he is decent enough to again walk among us.

    • Tres

      You really don’t know. You’re the epitome of the well meaning yet ultimately ignorant citizen. You’re part of the problem, because people like you go to the ballot box and elect goofball council members.

      For every DYRS ward we coddle, 10 more future wards are waiting in the wings. They are acutely aware (vs. your abject ignorance) of the consequences their bretheren face for violent crime, and decide it’s not enough to stop them from acting badly.

      The price of putting muggers and murderers first is not just monetary (hiring more cops), it’s in the existence of the muggings and murders themselves. In other words, for every bad kid we coddle, we know almost with a certainty that society will have to pay in future muggings — by the kid in question likely, but also muggings by his friends who witness that they won’t face harsh consequences.

      So the question to you is how many muggings are worth a reformed teen? 5? 10? 20? What about violent muggings that end in ERs? How many? How many guns pointed at innocent faces are worth one reformed teen?

  • Anomynous

    One of the ANCs already started saying that it was her understanding the shooter was a good kid until two weeks ago.
    I guess that naked it okay then.

    • Anonymous

      i don’t follow the point you’re trying to make.

    • Anonymous

      PCP perhaps?

  • Morty

    he’s just observing the typical trend where every time something like this happens, there’s always someone saying “he’s a good kid” or “he’d never do nothin wrong” or “he was turning his life around”

    usually grandma

    and guess who they voted for in the last mayoral election

    • Marco

      Having just moved to NYC from 14th and U, I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to live in a city that takes crime seriously, where I can walk around at night and not worry about being held up at gunpoint, where I don’t have to worry about my wife walking the dog and being caught in the cross fire. Crime here is completely unacceptable and Im grateful my tax money in my new city is actually being spent on keeping its citizens safe.I knew Gray’s administration was going to do nothing to address the problem, sad to see its true.

      • Anonymous

        thanks for rubbing it in our face.

      • Enos

        What does NYC do that we don’t here in DC?

        If the 15 year old was engaged and involved in school, this would very likely not have happened. Where are his parents?

      • lei

        Where exactly do you live in NYC because there is plenty of crime there….

        I lived there for 5 years and saw way more craziness than I have in DC….

      • Anonymous

        I can say the same thing about Silver Spring. Best move I ever made was out of the District.

        (BTW, how’s Tony Williams’ 100k New Residents initiative looking now? Has anyone caught on that, once you get new residents, you can’t just take their money, ignore them completely, and leave them to their own devices for public safety and education of their kids?)

        • Anonymous

          awwww. who’s a big boy? you are!

  • clarice

    This sounds like a suicide by cop attempt to me.

  • Anonymous

    f*cking youth in this city are OUT of control. and yes, I know most of the teenagers dont go around shooting people and are probably perfectly nice kids, but there are a hell of a lot more of the bad ones in D.C. than there should be. The city gov’t system for dealing with these feral thugs obviously does’t work…pisses me off. They should all rot in prison rather than be coddled and let out after 6 mos of “rehabilitation”. a 15 yr old with a gun is just as dangerous and capable of knowing right from wrong than an 18 yr old, we shouldnt treat them any different. he’s probably committed several crimes before and no one has tried to stop him. Hopefully he’ll be tried as an adult and spend the rest of his life rotting in prison.

    • Anonymous

      What amazes me is that they seem to never ever report on where the child gets the gun. If Ms. Groomes or other MPD are reading, do you guys actually ever try to figure out the source of all these guns in the hands of children? Or is release of such information too embarassing for city officials to swallow?

      • Anonymous

        the washington writes reports on this every few years. the police can do very little to stop the guns coming in from va and md.

      • anon

        He obviously legally bought it from a licensed dealer here in DC. Damn that Heller lawsuit for making guns legal in the city!!!

    • Andy(2)

      What about the parents?
      I don’t mean to sound like I am defending this behavior but we can’t really be surprised. When neighborhoods don’t have grocery stores, banks, jobs or access to the services that exist elsewhere we can’t be surprised that systemic poverty breeds violence among other problems.
      Accountability starts with the 15 year old and his parents and ends with the rest of the city.

      What can the average citizen do to prevent this kind of behavior? I am being completely sincere.

      • Eric in Ledroit

        lack of access to grocery stores causes kids to shoot cops? reallY?

        • Andy(2)

          Not directly – I guess I poorly articulated my point is that poverty breeds other social problems (violence one of them). And that a symptom of poverty is lack of grocery stores, jobs… So if a ward can go decades without a grocery store we really shouldn’t be surprised if that ward is also the victim of random violence.

          The lack of jobs, commercial services, grocery stores should be the canary in the coal mine and get us to wake up and do something.

          Reminds me of a European capital a few years ago when a lot of busses and cars were burned in protest for discrimination and lack of economic opportunity.

          • Anonymous

            See, a main reason why that part of the city is the way it is stems directly from the last time a lot of buses and cars were burned there. They lit grocery stores ablaze too. Capitalists don’t like places where their crap gets burned.

        • Anon

          There’s a Yes! Organic Market just blocks away from this shooting. Maybe he was pissed off that they were out of free range chicken eggs?

          • Anonymous

            Maybe the bean pies. It always sets me off when they run out.

  • GCK

    So, what makes the difference between a low-violent-crime jurisdiction and a high-violent-crime area?

    I doubt that “more police” and “tougher sentencing” are anywhere near the most important differentiating factors. Otherwise, kids from Glover Park and kids from Barry Farms would be more equally represented in the crime blotter.

    If you live in a society where 15-year-olds routinely turn to violent crime, it’s because you’re doing something very, very wrong with your 0-14 year olds. Repressive “tough on crime” measures are nothing but a band-aid on sucking chest wound.

    • Eckingtonite

      “you’re doing something very, very wrong with your 0-14 year olds”

      If by “you” you mean the parents, and the elected officials who don’t want to lose the churchgoing grandma vote, then yes – they are doing something very, very wrong with 0-14 year olds.

      I didn’t have him, I didn’t turn my head when he started acting the fool, and I didn’t let him sit on my porch all night with a loaded gun. Perhaps if more kids from his age group suffered consequences – real, horrible, consequences – for their actions, he might have thought twice before shooting at the police.

      This 15 year old intentionally shot a cop. He’s not Little Nell, raised in the woods and ignorant of the ways of society and laws. He’s not a 4 year old who picked up an untended gun and accidentally shot someone. He’s a criminal. If you get pregnant at 15, you have to deal with that. If you get HIV at 15, you have to deal with that. If you shoot a cop at 15, you get to blame society and walk because it’s somehow not your action that has a cop in the hospital?

      • GCK

        So, it’s somebody else’s kids who are the problem, therefore the only reasonable response is to double-down on a prison-centric juvenile crime “solution” that has no long-term efficacy and that the entire rest of the First World rejects?

        That’s the best we can do, in the capital of the richest and “freest” nation on Earth, while EVERY single other advanced industrialized democracy is somehow managing to have both less teen violence and less teen incarceration?

        We, as a society, have set up an assembly line for producing brutally neglected kids, and fixing the assembly line isn’t even on the table for discussion. No, we’d rather just have cops and prison guards waiting at the end of the assembly line, collaring and warehousing the predictably broken young teens as they roll off the conveyor belt, and hoping — against all evidence — that prison will make adolescents “scared straight.”

        • Tres

          You’re a smart person, but you’re completely missing the point — I think in service of trying to idealize the solution as opposed to developing a realistic one. Sometimes, the truth isn’t simple or complimentary to your “perfect world” ideology.

          In a perfect world, society/inattentive parents wouldn’t corrupt a youth in his first 14 years; however, once he is 15 and shooting people, we can’t solve the problem by hopping in a time machine and retroactively giving him a better childhood. The violent youth of today have to be dealt with today. Principled speeches about “what we should do” do nothing but assuage guilt (white, class-originating, or other). If he’s 15 and shooting, the only answer to get him to stop shooting is harsh prison sentences. The only way to get the other members of his little gang to stop shooting is to show them how bad the consequences can be.

          Let’s say we wave and wand and inner city babies are raised perfectly from here on out. Wonderful! The kids raised before their generation will still continue to be a problem. How would you deal with the succeeding 14 years of criminal youth?

          People like Mendolson are enemies of lower income folks in DC because they expect so little from them. It’s condescension masquerading as concern. If we don’t expect kids to be able to live their lives without shooting each other, it shows we don’t care. We show we care by locking up the bad kids, so that the other kids aren’t poisoned by them. You see, it’s not criminal incidents themselves that are the most tragic; it’s the perpetuation of the culture of crime which begets every shooting.

          • Anonymous

            can you spell out for us in the back of the class, what is is exactly that mendelson ( and graham) have done that is so wrong?

  • enough

    good grief, this is horrible but so is every shooting/violent crime by a juvenile. For fucks sake, will people FINALLY VOTE OUT mendolson and graham in the next election? No more subsidizing/coddling criminals and their offspring. Other than voting, I am out of solutions. I watched a mom put her 2 year old in the car parked out front of my house the other day and in the span of 30 seconds she told the 2 year old she would “fuck him up”, “shut the fuck up” and “get the fuck in the car”–all i could think is how old will he be before he commits his first violent act? on second thought we do have a solution, mandatory birth control. christ, this city is crazy and school isn’t even out yet.

  • Slick Pullah

    Eff the police….

    • me

      PoP, please monitor this guy’s posts (here and below)…

  • Slick Pullah

    The pigs clearly wear bulletproof vests so why shoot them in the torso? I swear I swear these kids can’t aim, HEAD SHOT.

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  • tom

    Poverty is the bottom line – that’s why Barry Farms has the crime and Glove Pk doesn’t. Poverty is single parents who don’t know where there kids are b/c they have to work 2 jobs to survive. We need incentive programs for school age women not to have children when they’re kids themselves. Money for college to not get pregnant. Tough juvenile sentences but ones aimed at rehabilitation not just allowing the kid to make contacts for when s/he gets out. The race issues that were so readily exploited by Grey and Orange in their recent elections are actually class/poverty issues first and foremost, but if its couched in race politicians can avoid doing anything about it.

    • BP

      Poverty is not the root cause, and it’s certainly NOT a legitimate excuse. Poverty is a symptom. The problem is individual and then cultural. The difference between Glover Park and Barry Farms is NOT merely economic. The issue is first and foremost moral. Clearly, this young man either was not taught how to live right or does not have the moral capacity to do so.

  • GCK

    I don’t disagree with your points, but there’s a key piece of context that most Americans simply don’t understand: no country in the world puts more of its citizens in jail than America. No one even comes close. We’ve tried incarceration-based solutions more aggressively than any other country, with terrible results, and we’re nonetheless clamoring that we should push even further down that road — much further than any other country has ever gone. At current incarceration rates, 1 in 3 black boys born in America today will serve a prison sentence; that isn’t any kind of long-term solution.

    “Lock’em up” makes for a great political sound-bite. And it is indeed one element of the solution. But we’re already a country that keeps 2.5 million people behind bars every day. It’s insane to keep pushing for an ever harsher regime of mass imprisonment — already implemented here to an extent unheard of in the rest of the world — while ignoring (or at best, paying lip-service to) social policies which would keep kids from ever considering violent crime in the first place. Most other First World countries have successfully put in place such social policies; America had not.

    • Anonymous

      so what social policies help kids that shoot cops?

    • Mister Fed Up

      @GCK: You raise some good points. Reminds me of a great quote attributed to Winston Churchill: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing—after they’ve tried everything else.”

      We’ve created one helluva mess. Well-meaning social policies have, in addition to some positive outcomes, spun off a sociopathic, parasitic ghetto culture that at this point is nothing but trouble. Let me be perfectly clear: I’m not talking about people of any particular skin color, and I’m not talking about people of any particular economic cohort–on the contrary, I’m an “equal opportunity discriminator,” and I’m talking about the numerically small, yet highly visible, group that I grew up hearing referred to as “lowlifes.” You know, that sliver of the populace characterized by overwhelming parental dereliction, utter rejection of education, rampant abuse of social services, a hostile lack of respect for self and others, the absence of responsible family planning, and a complete refusal to add any sort of value to the world in which they’re taking up space.

      The Baby Boomers’ obsession with political correctness, self-esteem, and deferred responsibility created this problem, and opportunistic civil rights “leaders” were all too willing to advance their careers by perpetuating and exacerbating it. So here we are at Generation Y, in the 21st century, and the situation in our neighborhoods is intolerable. At this point, what do we do? Should we perpetuate failed feelgood strategies like industrialized incarceration? Or is there some point at which we productive members of society will decide that we are no longer morally obligated to support the lifestyle choices of sociopathic, parasitic lowlifes who view us as prey? And if so, how far will we be willing to go to protect our interests and “make the problem go away”?

      I understand that unpleasant questions like these may offend the delicate sensibilities of the more left-leaning among us, and all I can say is that if you don’t have a solution to bring to the table, kindly spare the Earth the added hot air. Heck, I don’t know the answers to these questions–but I do know that the status quo is failing everyone involved, and we need to collectively grow a pair and deal with the situation aggressively and definitively if we want safe communities for our families.

      • Mister Fed Up

        BTW, that last paragraph wasn’t aimed at you, GCK–I give you a big +1. It was intended for all the “he was such a nice boy” types.

    • Tres

      Most people moved past that argument long ago. Even people like Pat Robertson now advocate for laxer prison sentences for non-violent offenses — specifically, drug offenses. That means nearly everyone — left, right, middle of the road — is on your side in terms of reducing the prison population.

      Relax the drug laws, enact stronger laws on those who shoot cops — and the incarceration rate drops dramatically. Problem solved.

      No offense, but you’re not really arguing logically here. Is it insane to incarcerate kids who shoot cops? Regardless of the current prison population, the answer is always no — take violent offenders off the streets. You’re conflating two problems: the high incarceration rate, and the problem of youth violence. Each has its own discrete solution.

      • BP

        Pat Robertson is old and weak. Enough said.

        • Tres

          The point is that the paradigm has shifted.

      • Dr Pangloss

        I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times: more services for youth; more concrete holes in the ground for youth who use handguns in crimes.

        The whole, “we lock up too many people” argument is a dodge. We lock up the wrong people. Someone who uses a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime needs to be taken out of society. At some point, we need to lay down a marker as to what is not permissible.

  • bloom

    A child with a gun… AGAIN, attempting to kill someone.

    That is the crime in DC: Children with guns.

    Maybe we should separate boys from girls starting in middle school. Each gender is requiring their own special attention.

    If children shoot, shoot, shoot, then we should… do what? I have no idea.

    *publish their names?
    *send them to a reform school?
    *shun them?
    *deny them opportunities?
    *lock them up?

    Usually preventative measures are the cheapest and easiest? What is the preventative way? We need to do whatever it takes.

    • Anonymous

      penal colonies

    • Anonymous

      chain gangs cleaning up carry-out containers.

  • YO YO YO

    Does this city even have a mayor any more?

    I mean, I don’t expect V. Gray to personally stop crime, but why no press conference or or at least press release regarding the shooting of an officer. In any other city, this would be an event worthy of a comment by the mayor, but all we get in DC are crickets.

    In general, I haven’t heard a peep from Gray in weeks… Is Gray too busy getting arrested and trying to distract voters to how corrupt he is? Can we just go ahead and vote him out now and start over??

    • Anonymous

      Self-accountability is not too big in DC. It’s always someone elses fault. Perennial victimization is the law of the land.

      I wish we could vote all of these jokers out, but we’d replace them with more of the same. Politicians by nature are full of shit. They spend more time figuring out how to appeal to the key demographic, not on what is right or good. The problems are societal, not governmental.


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