Today in – What’s Up With That Copter in 16th Street Heights/Petworth?


“Dear PoPville,

I live in 16th Street Heights and was rudely awakened shortly after 6 by a helicopter doing low altitude circles this morning…this was followed by a cacophony of sirens about an hour later…any idea what that was all about?”


“Around 610am this morning there was a low flying helicopter circling Petworth. Super loud – it woke me up and made the floors of my apartment vibrate. Anyone have any idea what’s going on?”

Update from MPD:

This was a US Park Police helicopter assisting MPD with an investigation in the 900 block of Shepherd Street, NW.

Not sure if related but last night MPD reported:

“On November 7th, 2017, at approximately 8:16 P.M., Fourth District Police Officers received several 911 calls for the sound of gunshots (multiple gunshots heard) in south alley of the 1300 block of Rittenhouse Street, N.W.

Upon the officer’s arrival, two male victims were located in the alleyway. One victim was found unconscious and unresponsive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The second victim was suffering from a single gunshot wound to the leg. The conscious victim reported that was walking in the alleyway with his friend when they observed a red 4 door sedan driving east bound through the alleyway. The victim stated that an unknown suspect fired several gunshots at them from the open driver’s side window of the vehicle as the vehicle went past them. The vehicle then fled eastbound in the alleyway.

Both victims were transported to a local area hospital. The unconscious victim later succumbed to his injuries.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department’s Command Information Center at 202-727-9099. Thank you.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide that occurred in the 1300 block of Rittenhouse Street, Northwest, on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

At approximately 8:15 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the area for the sounds of gunshots. Upon arrival, officers discovered one adult male and one juvenile male, suffering from gunshot wounds, in the rear alley of the listed location. DC Fire and EMS arrived on the scene and transported both victims to area hospitals. The adult victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The juvenile victim was pronounced dead after all life-saving efforts failed.

The decedent has been identified as 16 year-old Yoselis Regino Barrios.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.”

MPD also tweeted:

Stabbing at 0230 hrs in the 3500 b/o Georgia Avenue, NW. Lookout for (2) B/M’s, 20-25 yrs, 6’0″, wearing all black.”

Updates if/when more is known.

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