- The Washington Times - Friday, December 31, 2004


A man with a shotgun opened fire on police officers early yesterday at a gas station in Northeast and later while being pursued, authorities said.

Two D.C. police officers were on patrol in a marked car at 12:20 a.m. when they saw four men — one carrying a shotgun — hanging around a silver Toyota Camry at a Shell station at 4312 Nannie Helen Burroughs Ave. NE.

“The officers drive into the gas station, get out of their car. They’re fired upon by the guy with the shotgun,” police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said. The officers took cover and returned fire. They were not hurt.

One suspect ran off while the other three piled into a Toyota Camry, which investigators later discovered had just been stolen. It was spotted a short time later by two uniformed officers in an unmarked car, who gave chase at Gault Place and Minnesota Avenue NE.

“During the course of the pursuit, one suspect fires at the officers from the back side window, another [suspect fired] from the sun roof,” Sgt. Gentile said. The officers did not return fire.

The chase ended in Southeast when the trio abandoned the car in the 4800 block of Benning Road NE. As the officers got out of their car, they again were fired on. This time they shot back while chasing the men on foot.

Keith Moore, 18, of the 5300 block of E Street SE, was found in an apartment building at 601 46th Place NE with a gunshot wound to the chest, though it was not immediately known who shot him. He was hospitalized and charged with assault on a police officer while armed. Other charges were pending.

Two other men in the Toyota escaped, but police dogs found two handguns.

Police said the men had carjacked the Toyota from a customer at the gas station. Investigators also found a GMC Denali at the station, which they believe the men might have used in robberies committed Thursday night. It had been reported stolen from Prince George’s County.

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