No charges in shooting involving Md. police
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.