- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009


Police involved in SE shooting

Authorities are investigating a police-involved shooting.

Metropolitan Police said officers with the gun-recovery unit tried to make contact with a suspect about 7:30 p.m. Saturday while they were investigating the area of the 3800 block of First Street Southeast. When they did so, the suspect fled and broke into a nearby residence.

Officers chased him and got into the residence, where gunfire was exchanged.

Police said the unidentified man was shot, and then barricaded himself for several hours. They said the man eventually surrendered and was admitted to a hospital in stable condition.



Youth beaten, killed while riding bike

Anne Arundel County police are investigating the death of a teenager who was attacked while riding his bike Saturday.

Police said they were called to Nantucket Drive about 4:20 p.m. and found 14-year-old Christopher Jones of Crofton lying in the roadway. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities said they have identified several suspects but have not filed charges.

The motive for the assault remained unclear, but detectives said they think the suspects knew Christopher. An autopsy was being conducted Sunday, police said.


Pedestrian killed crossing street

Montgomery County police said a man died in a hospital Sunday after he was hit by a car in the White Oak area.

Authorities said the 71-year-old man, who lived in Silver Spring, was crossing New Hampshire Avenue in the crosswalk about 10 a.m. Sunday when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Sang You Nahm, 49, of Bowie.

Police said the light at New Hampshire Avenue had turned green, but the pedestrian signal had been red before the man started crossing the street. Police said Mr. Nahm was unable to stop in time to avoid the man, whose name was not released.

Police said Mr. Nahm and an 84-year-old passenger were taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.


Downtown patrols get more officers

A string of attacks downtown has prompted police to beef up patrols around the Inner Harbor and other areas popular with tourists.

In several incidents, tourists and residents have been beaten by roving groups of young people who say little and take nothing from their victims.

The victims include an off-duty police officer from New Jersey and his girlfriend, who said they were beaten by a group of young men and women. The officer, George Williams, wrote a letter to Mayor Sheila Dixon saying they feel unsafe in Baltimore.

The police department has about 40 officers patrolling the waterfront most nights, up from a typical complement of 12. Foot patrols have been increased in other parts of downtown.



Boy, 3, drowns in pool at home

Prince William County police are investigating the drowning of a 3-year-old boy.

Authorities said Evan Cuomo fell into a pool about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at his home on Noland Road and died Sunday morning.

The child was in his grandparents’ care at the time.


Shooting threat was prank call

Police officials said they received a call Saturday from a man who claimed he had shot himself and was planning a shooting rampage. He also threatened to shoot police.

Falls Church and Fairfax County police officers responded to an area in Falls Church that the suspect described on the phone to search for the man.

Soon afterward, authorities said, the man called back to say his threats were a hoax, WJLA-TV (Channel 7) reported. No information was available regarding charges.


Fall from rope ends in drowning

City police said a 36-year-old man apparently drowned in the James River after he fell while trying to swing from a rope on a tree Saturday.

Police Capt. Harvey Powers said a rescue team found the body about 6:45 p.m. Saturday. The victim’s identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner.

Witness Tucker Matthews said the man climbed the tree and tried to swing from the rope but fell into the water. Capt. Powers said the water was up to 10 feet deep in the spot where the victim fell.


Army investigates shower photos

The Army is investigating allegations that illicit photos were taken by soldiers.

Officials said eight Virginia Army National Guard soldiers based in Manassas took pictures and videos of 21 female soldiers while they were showering. The incident occurred last fall, but leaders didn’t learn about it until May.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said it happened while the 266th Military Police Company was at Fort Dix, N.J., awaiting deployment. The unit now is in Iraq.


Bike parking area first for county

A covered parking area for bicycles that recently opened in the Shirlington neighborhood is the first in the county. The shelter, at the Shirlington Station bus transfer center on North Quincy Street, holds about 28 bikes.

Dennis Leach, Arlington’s transportation director, said the shelter ultimately will have maps of county trails, as well as a bike pump, WTOP-FM reported. Similar shelters are planned for most county Metro stops.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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