Update: Arrest Made. “Three MPD Officers Shot While Attempting to Execute Search Warrant”

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From MPD:

“On February 14, 2024, at approximately 7:30 a.m., MPD’s Criminal Apprehension Unit arrived in the 5000 block of Hanna Place Southeast to execute an arrest warrant.

Officers attempted to make contact with an individual inside the residence to execute the arrest warrant.

The individual refused to come outside.

As officers attempted to gain entry, the individual opened fire on them.

Three officers have gunshot wound injuries that appear non-life-threatening. All three have been transported to an area hospital for treatment.

A fourth officer has also been transported to an area hospital for minor injuries. This officer did not sustain gunshot wound injuries.

At this time that individual remains barricaded inside the residence. This remains an active situation and the individual continues to fire their weapon.

We will deliver updates from the scene as we can.”

Update from MPD:

“Members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Emergency Response Team successfully negotiated the surrender of a gunman who shot three officers, initiating an hours-long barricade.

On Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at approximately 7:30 a.m., officers from the MPD Criminal Apprehension Unit responded to the 5000 block of Hanna Place, Southeast, to serve an arrest warrant on a suspect who was wanted for Cruelty to Animals. While officers were outside the door to the residence, the suspect fired multiple shots through the door, striking three officers. A fourth officer sustained injuries that were not gunshot related.

The suspect then barricaded himself inside his residence and continued shooting sporadically throughout the standoff.

Members of the Emergency Response Team arrived on the scene and made contact with the suspect by phone. After several hours of negotiation, the suspect surrendered.

46-year-old Julius James, of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Animals. Additional charges for the assault on the officers are pending.

The four injured officers are all in stable condition and expected to recover.

This incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigations Division. The officers’ body-worn cameras were activated, and body-worn camera footage will be released pursuant to District of Columbia law (D.C. Official Code § 5–116.33 (c)(2)).

We would like to thank the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department, our local, state, and federal partners, and the multiple District of Columbia agencies for their assistance during this critical incident.”

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