Shootout in Georgetown after off-duty cop thwarts carjacking

An attempted armed robbery and carjacking in Northwest D.C.’s Georgetown was stopped by an off-duty officer, in a situation that ended with a shootout between police and a suspect.

D.C. police responded to the area of 28th Street just north of Georgetown’s busy M Street corridor shortly after midnight Wednesday.



Metropolitan Police Department Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said an officer intervened in an ongoing armed robbery in which two suspects, one of whom was armed, approached a vehicle with three occupants and demanded “either the vehicle, or cash and other belongings.”

Benedict said one suspect and the officer exchanged gunfire.

D.C. police, with the help of uniformed U.S. Secret Service officers, made one arrest on the scene and recovered a semiautomatic handgun.

Law enforcement are still seeking a second suspect.

John Domen

John started working at WTOP in 2016 after having grown up in Maryland listening to the station as a child. While he got his on-air start at small stations in Pennsylvania and Delaware, he's spent most of his career in the D.C. area, having been heard on several local stations before coming to WTOP.

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