- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A carjacking suspect was fatally shot in an exchange of gunfire with officers who pursued him from Maryland into southeast Washington, authorities said Wednesday.

D.C. police identified the man late Tuesday as 62-year-old James Covington Jr. of Washington. The incident began when Prince George’s County police officers responded to a report of an armed carjacking in Fort Washington, Maryland, on Monday night and chased the car.

As officers headed north toward the city, Col. Stewart Russell, the chief of the Forest Heights Police Department, said county police requested help from his department and two of his officers joined the pursuit.

The pursuit ended in southeast Washington, where Russell said the driver fired at officers and they returned fire. D.C. police said Covington was shot and later died at a hospital.

County police identified the officers who fired their weapons as Christopher Malinowski and Anthony Sciaretta. Russell said Officer Frank Campbell and Cpl. Anthony Rease joined the pursuit and fired their weapons. All four are on administrative leave.

D.C. police are investigating the shooting and the county police department’s Special Investigation Response Team has launched an internal investigation. County police will handle the internal investigation for Forest Heights’ police department, Russell said.

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