Mas­sive po­lice re­sponse in SE ar­rest

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - THE DISTRICT BY CLARENCE WIL­LIAMS AND MARTIN WEIL clarence.wil­liams@wash­ martin.weil@wash­

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.

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