Prince George’s Co. firefighter killed in Saturday night shooting in Southwest DC

A career fireman is dead and two others were injured after a shooting near Nationals Park late Saturday night. Homicide detectives from D.C. police say they are investigating.

In a statement released on Sunday, D.C. police said First District officers responded to reports of gunfire in the 1300 block of Half Street SW around 11:08 p.m. On arrival, officers found a woman and two men suffering from gunshot wounds. One man was treated for minor injuries on the scene, while the woman was transported to the hospital with what the police called “non-life threatening injuries.”

The third victim, identified as 44-year-old Garry Stanley, Sr., of Fort Washington, Maryland, showed no signs of life at the scene and was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Stanley was a career firefighter in Prince George’s County. Stanley had been recognized in 2018 for his part in rescuing three children from a burning building.

The Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters & Paramedics Association mourned Stanley’s passing in a post on one of their social media pages.

“Garry will be remembered most for his compassion, great laugh, and contagious smile. His loss is another tremendous blow to our Department, as we have endured our share of tragedies in recent years,” Union President Andrew Pantelis said in a statement. “Please keep Garry’s family, friends, and crew in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this extremely difficult time. The Department and the Union will be assisting the family with any needs that arise and we ask that you respect their privacy as they grieve their loss.”

On Sunday, the Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department released the following statement: “It is with great sadness the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department announces the death of Firefighter Garry Stanley. Firefighter Stanley was a career member of the department with more than 19 years of service and was assigned to Station 824/Accokeek. Please keep Garry’s family and brothers and sisters in the fire service in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”

D.C. police are offering a $25,000 reward to anyone who provides information about the shooting that leads to an arrest or conviction. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text 50411.

Below is a map of where the shooting took place:

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Joshua Barlow

Joshua Barlow is a writer, composer, and producer who has worked for CGTN, Atlantic Public Media, and National Public Radio. He lives in Northeast Washington, D.C., where he pays attention to developments in his neighborhood, economic issues, and social justice.

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