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Crime Update from the DC Police Union

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DC Crime Summary – June 24th – 30th

There were two homicides and several other violent crimes in the District this past week. • Matheno El, 25, was shot and killed Wednesday night in the Carver / Langston neighborhood. • Westley Blackwell, 38, was fatally shot early Sunday morning near the Achievement Prep Wahler Place Middle School, a public charter school in Washington Highlands. No suspect information is available in either homicide case, and authorities are actively investigating the incidents. • A security guard at a Giant grocery store in the Douglass neighborhood was stabbed after he chased down a suspected thief. The law enforcement officer was transported to a hospital.

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Police News

Washington Post: Officer hospitalized with stab wounds after chasing theft suspect in D.C. Giant “A police officer was hospitalized with stab wounds after chasing down a suspected thief in a Giant grocery store Saturday, D.C. Police said Sunday. Police said the stabbing occurred about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, inside the store at 1535 Alabama Ave. SE.”

Crime News

Washington Post: Man fatally shot in Southeast Washington early Sunday “A man was shot and killed early Sunday in the vicinity of a Southeast Washington charter school, D.C. police said. Police said a shooting was reported shortly after midnight in the 900 block of Wahler Place SE. D.C. police spokeswoman Alice Kim said the incident was a “confirmed homicide” but did not immediately provide further details.”

Washington Post: Report: Man shot and killed in Northeast D.C. “A man was shot and killed in Northeast Washington on Wednesday night, according to a D.C. police spokeswoman. Officers were called to the 800 block of Bladensburg Road shortly before 10 p.m., where they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. The man was taken to a hospital, where he died.”

Washington Post: Man arrested in 2015 shooting in Southeast “A man was arrested and charged with murder Thursday in a 2015 shooting, D.C. police said. At about 1:40 p.m. on Dec. 9, officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 3500 block of East Capitol Street SE, D.C. police said in a statement.”

Washington Post: Teenager arrested in fatal shooting of man in Columbia Heights “Antonio Bedney of Northeast was ordered detained until a preliminary hearing on July 15. The shooting occurred June 14 in a third-floor apartment in the 2900 block of 14th Street NW.”

Washington Post: Gunfire wounds woman, damages cars near Capitol Hill “One person was wounded and at least three cars were damaged when gunfire broke out early Sunday in a neighborhood just east of Capitol Hill, according to accounts from advisory neighborhood commission members. The shooting occurred about 2:20 a.m. near 17th Street and Independence Avenue SE, an intersection about a mile and a half east of the U.S. Capitol.”

WJLA: Southeast D.C. neighborhood becomes fed up with crime after woman injured in shooting “A woman was shot and injured early Sunday morning in Southeast Washington. The unidentified woman sustained injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police. Police say the shooting occurred in the area of 17th and Independence Avenue just after midnight.”

Washington Post: D.C. police arrest suspect in fatal February 2015 shooting “Andre Herndon Jr., 20, of Southeast was charged with second-degree murder while armed. He was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force. The victim was identified as Navontae Howard, 19, of Southeast.”

WJLA: Police: 13-year-old girl missing since Monday, last seen in Northwest D.C. “A 13-year-old has been missing since Monday, June 27 and was last seen in Northwest Washington, according to Metropolitan Police. Mayeli Rachel Fuentes-Pineda went missing from the 1300 block of Randolph Street, NW.”

Public Safety News

Washington Post: D.C. Council postpones action on bill to end contributory negligence for bikers, pedestrians “Disappointing members of the city’s bike community, the D.C. Council on Tuesday postponed action on a bill that would make it easier for bicyclists and pedestrians to collect damages when they are involved in collisions with vehicles.”

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