- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Metro Transit Police and Crime Solvers are offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the man who shot a Metro Transit Police officer Sunday night at the U Street/Cardozo Metro station.
The 32-year-old officer, who has not been identified, remained in critical condition at Washington Hospital Center last night.
He was shot in the back of the head while pursuing a man who pushed his way through the fare gate without paying.
Transit officials said the incident is one of the most serious assaults on one of their officers since 1993, when Officer Harry Davis, an 11-year member of the force, was slain while making a routine traffic stop.
"Having an officer shot is a very disturbing thing," Deputy Transit Police Chief Polly Hansen said. "It really hits home, how you can go to work and maybe not come home."
"Its a shock," said one transit police officer, a 16-year veteran, who was handing out fliers and questioning passers-by at the corner of 13th and U streets NW yesterday afternoon.
The officer said he hoped the incident would serve as a reality check for members of the media and commuters who think of the transit police as a bunch of security guards, rather than a police force.
"We see everything the D.C. police see," he said. "Some people give us a hard time because well arrest people for eating on the train, but what about the other side of the story? Weve made arrests for homicide. Ive had a 16-year-old kid die in my arms. We see it all."
Transit officers face violent, albeit non-life-threatening, crimes more often than many believe, said U.S. Mint Police Lt. Lou Cannon, president of the D.C. Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.
"These incidents, while relatively minor in nature, do happen with quite a bit of frequency," he said. "Sooner or later, the odds are going to come down where the individual you have will retaliate."
Deputy Chief Hansen said the officer who was shot joined the force in May 2000. He was on duty alone at the entrance to the station at about 9:15 p.m. when a man pushed his way through the fare gate without paying, causing an alarm to sound.
Upon hearing the alarm, the officer pursued the suspect onto the mezzanine, near escalators inside the station, to investigate. It was during an ensuing dialogue, Deputy Chief Hansen said, that the officer was shot.
Authorities believe the assailant then fled through the station and left through the entrance on 11th Street NW with the officers 9 mm service weapon. The officers gun and two additional ammunition magazines, like those carried by all 300 members of the transit police force, were still missing yesterday. Deputy Chief Hansen could not confirm whether the officer had been shot with his own gun.
The suspects decision to stop and steal the extra ammunition clips after shooting the officer, "indicates a certain level of criminal history," Deputy Chief Hansen said. "Its somebody who has no boundaries."
"Many people who do fare evasions are involved with other criminal activity," Lt. Cannon said. "He could be wanted for an offense."
The suspect is described as a black male between 25 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and clean-shaven, with short hair. He was last seen wearing a blue hockey jersey, brown shorts and white tennis shoes, and carrying a black backpack. Police consider him armed and dangerous.
Metro and Crime Solvers are asking anyone with information in the case to call 800/673-2777.

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