Police in the US capital city of Washington DC has shot two suspects dead

December 25, 2014 1:57 pm

Washington DC – A member of the Police force  in
the US capital city of Washington DC has shot two suspects dead in
separate incidents that occurred within hours of each other. Police investigate an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday in Southeast Washington.
The first fatal shooting happened in the Southeast quadrant of
Washington and the second took place in the Northeast section, police
spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said.

Police said that both the robbery and carjacking suspects fired at
officers first. They said officers returned fire and killed both men.
The officers suffered minor injuries.

Four other shootings took place in the nation’s capital in which police were not involved.

A woman was fatally shot in one incident and three men were seriously injured in the three other incidents.

The two police-involved shootings on Christmas Eve came at a time of
heightened tension between police and communities across the US.

The deaths of several black men in recent months by white police
officers who have not been indicted have sparked a series of nationwide
protests against police brutality.

“It’s sad. Now some mother is grieving instead of celebrating because
of the loss of her son,” said Paul Trantham, a member of the Advisory
Neighborhood Commission, adding that he “will pray” and “hopes what
happened in Ferguson won’t happen here.”

Earlier on Wednesday, a gunman shot and killed a customer who was
shopping on Christmas Eve at a mall near New Orleans, Louisiana.

Another deadly shooting on Wednesday evening took place in St. Louis,
Missouri, leaving one person dead and three others injured.

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