Man who fled DC police following officer-involved shooting arrested

Police arrested a man who fled on foot early Saturday morning before 6:15 a.m. after reports of an aggravated assault and shots fired ended in an officer-involved shooting on Chester Street in D.C.

Donald Willis, Jr., 49, of Southeast, D.C., was arrested Saturday and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (gun), possession of unregistered ammunition, possession of an unregistered firearm, carrying a pistol without a license, possession of a controlled substance, felon in possession, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.

The incident happened around 1:35 a.m. in the 2300 block of Chester Street Southeast, according to police. When officers arrived, they confronted a man, later identified as Willis, who was armed with a short barrel riffle, in the middle of the street.

After “repeated commands” from officers, one or more officers shot at Willis. He dropped his weapon and fled police in a vehicle which he crashed several blocks away.

Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said police recovered two firearms from Willis, one that he dropped during a confrontation with officers and another found in the car he abandoned.

D.C. police recovered two firearms from the individual who fled officers Saturday morning (Photo D.C. Police).
(Photo D.C. Police)

A map of where the incident occurred is below.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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