No charges in shoot­ing in­volv­ing Md. po­lice

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Justin Wm. Moyer

Four Mary­land po­lice of­fi­cers who fa­tally shot an armed car­jack­ing sus­pect in 2015 in the District will not face crim­i­nal charges, pros­e­cu­tors said Fri­day.

On Nov. 2, 2015, 62-year-old James W. Cov­ing­ton Jr. was shot in South­east Wash­ing­ton by of­fi­cers from Prince Ge­orge’s County and For­est Heights, Md., after he was pur­sued into the District fol­low­ing a car­jack­ing and as­sault in Fort Wash­ing­ton, the U.S. at­tor­ney’s of­fice for the District of Columbia said in a state­ment.

Cov­ing­ton failed to stop after an of­fi­cer ac­ti­vated his lights and siren, and led po­lice ve­hi­cles and a he­li­copter on a 10-mile chase at speeds up to 95 mph, the state­ment said. The chase con­tin­ued after Cov­ing­ton, who al­legedly car­jacked a 2011 Toy­ota Camry, hit a curb and got a flat tire, and ended when he aban­doned the ve­hi­cle and fled in the area of the 2800 block of Gainesville Street SE, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Pros­e­cu­tors said Cov­ing­ton did not re­spond to or­ders to stop and was armed with a gun that he pointed at po­lice. Four of­fi­cers opened fire, and two later said Cov­ing­ton fired as well, though pros­e­cu­tors said there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to de­ter­mine whether that was cor­rect.

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