Massive police response in SE arrest
Police pursued people into a housing development on the edge of Capitol Hill Saturday evening and made three arrests. But a crowd formed and two more arrests were made, on a charge of assaulting officers, a D.C. police official said.
As reinforcements were sent to the scene, at the Potomac Gardens complex at 12th and I Streets SE, two police cars crashed, injuring officers, according to Commander Morgan Kane, head of the First Police District.
In addition, police said gunshots were heard nearby although no connection was established to the original incident.
Police reinforcement were apparently numerous. D.C. Council member Charles Allen (DWard 6) described a “heavy response” and asked that officers be given “room to work.”
A man who was bicycling on Capitol Hill described “quite a response” from law enforcement. “At least 30 cars flew past us,” headed toward the scene, said Bill Schultheiss.
Police later conducted a search at the scene and said they found two guns.