News Release

United States Park Police Officer Involved in Shooting During Call for Assistance

Date: March 18, 2023
Contact: Sergeant Thomas Twiname, (202) 619-7266

Washington – On Saturday, March 18 at approximately 8:50 a.m., a United States Park Police (USPP) sergeant and officer responded to a request for assistance by Metropolitan Police Department officers on scene at 34th Street and Baker Street NE for a vehicle reported as stolen. While officers were attempting to detain the driver, the car fled from the scene with one USPP officer inside the car. A second officer, the USPP sergeant, was dragged by the fleeing car from outside the vehicle. The USPP officer inside the car gave verbal commands for the driver to stop. After the driver did not comply, the USPP officer discharged their firearm. A male was pronounced dead on scene. A firearm was recovered inside the vehicle.   

 Both USPP officers were transported to an area hospital for treatment. 

 Per USPP policy for deadly officer involved shootings in DC, this investigation is being conducted by the Metropolitan Police Department Internal Affairs Division. Consistent with policy the two USPP officers will be placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Last updated: March 18, 2023