Man arrested for shooting at D.C. police cruiser also wanted in Md.

WASHINGTON — Officers arrested a man Wednesday night who they said had fired shots at a police cruiser. Investigators say that man is also wanted for several violent crimes in Maryland.

Richard Butler III, 34, is accused of firing shots at a cruiser around 6 p.m. on Mellon Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Southeast D.C. The cruiser was not struck, and police say no one was hurt.

WTOP’s news partner NBC Washington reports Butler is the same man wanted for attempted first-degree murder, second-degree sex offense, arson and several other charges in Prince George’s County.

A D.C. police officer apparently recognized Butler from the Prince George’s County warrant on Wednesday, NBC Washington reports.

The charges in Maryland stem from incidents that happened earlier this month, when Butler was accused of attempting to sexually assault a young girl, before later sparking a fire at the apartment where it happened. Police say just a few days later, he stabbed his girlfriend repeatedly, leaving her with serious injuries.

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