1 dead, 2 injured after shooting, police chase in Northwest DC

A person is dead and two others are injured after a chaotic sequence of events that ended with a police shooting in Northwest D.C. early Friday.

Police Chief Robert Contee said police found two people suffering from gunshot wounds just after midnight Friday on Rittenhouse Street, near Georgia Avenue.

One of the two, whom the police identified as Eyon Falby, 65 of Northwest D.C., later died from his injuries. The other suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Officers who were performing first aid noticed another person drive off in a red Kia at what Contee called “a high rate of speed.”

The driver rammed into a marked D.C. police car and several parked vehicles during the chase before his car overturned at 9th and Tuckerman streets, Contee said.

As officers tried to remove the driver from the vehicle, he aimed a firearm at police, Contee said. Officers made “several pleas” to drop the firearm, he added, but the driver did not comply and one of the officers shot him.

Police identified the driver as Daron Barnes, 30, of Northwest D.C. He suffered non-life threatening injuries, the police said.

He’s been charged with assault on a police officer, carrying a pistol without a license, felon in possession, fleeing from a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle, possession of unregistered ammunition and leaving after colliding and receiving stolen property.

He is also wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in an Aug. 18 domestic violence case.

Barnes’ gun, which was recovered at the scene, was reported stolen in June from Landover, Maryland, the police said.

The police said the officer who shot Barnes has been placed on administrative leave and that a review of the body-worn camera footage is underway.

A reward of up to $25,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the homicide.

Anyone with more information is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099, or text anonymously to 50411.

Below is a map of where the incident took place.

WTOP’s José Umaña contributed to this story. 

Glynis Kazanjian

Glynis Kazanjian has been a freelance writer covering Maryland politics and government on the local, state and federal levels for the last 11 years. Her work is published in Maryland Matters, the Baltimore Post Examiner, Bethesda Beat and Md. Reporter. She has also worked as a true crime researcher.

Luke Garrett

Luke Garrett is a D.C. native dedicated to journalism. He joined the WTOP newsroom in 2020 after graduating from the University of San Diego, where he studied physics and philosophy.

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