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Crime Update from the DC Police Union

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DC Crime Summary – July 8th – 15th

There were two homicides and several other violent crimes this week in the District, including two incidents on Tuesday in which suspects fired on DC police officers. • Keyante Edwards, 19, was charged with shooting at DC Police, as authorities pursued him in a high speed car chase. Alpha Jalloh, 18, and Keith Jones, 20, were also in the vehicle and charged in connection with the incident. • Luvell Alverson, 22, is in custody after taking five people hostage and then opening fire at officers, provoking a gun battle that left bullet holes in the windows of MLK elementary school near 6th Street and Alabama Avenue SE. • DNC staffer Seth Conrad Rich, 27, died early Sunday morning after he was shot multiple times near LeDroit Park. Early reports indicate that there was a struggle before the victim was shot and killed. • After Alan Smith, 50, was stabbed and killed in the Garfield Heights neighborhood, Lakisha Young, 42, was arrested in connection with the homicide. • Transgender woman Deeniqua Dodds, 22, died Wednesday from injuries she sustained in a July 4th shooting in the Capitol View neighborhood. No suspect information is available at this time, and authorities are investigating the incident as a homicide.

Crime Map Update

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Police Updates

NBC Washington: DC Police Union Feuds With DC Council Over Resolution Calling for Police Reform “The chairman of D.C.’s police union says his officers will work to unseat 10 council members, who signed a resolution calling for police reform. The resolution written by Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) lists the names of 10 people he and other council members say were killed by police.”

Washington Post: D.C. mayor wants to expand police cadet program to help bolster size of force “D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) wants to expand the police department’s cadet program and be allowed to rehire retired sergeants and detectives to bolster a force losing officers to retirement.”

Crime Updates

Fox5DC: 3 arrested near US Capitol after firing at DC officers “The U.S. Capitol and its office buildings were briefly locked down Tuesday afternoon after D.C. police said suspects fired at their officers. Capitol police said the lockdown was issued at around 4:10 p.m. after D.C. police were alerted about a man with a gun near Fort McNair in Southwest D.C., which is about a mile and a half south of the U.S. Capitol.”

NBC Washington: Man Accused of Taking 5 People Hostage in SUV, Opening Fire on DC Police “Luvell Alverson, 22, took five people hostage in an SUV and then opened fire at officers, provoking a gun battle that left bullet holes in the windows of a nearby elementary school, police said.”

Washington Post: Slain Democratic National Committee staffer ‘wanted to make a difference’ “Early Sunday morning, Seth Rich, 27, was shot to death in a crime that has shaken his colleagues and many in his Bloomingdale neighborhood of Northwest. Police said they have no suspects, witnesses or motive, though they are looking at whether Rich could have been slain in an attempted robbery.”

WUSA9: DC man killed in stabbing, police say “Police are investigating a fatal stabbing that left 50-year-old Alan Smith from Southeast, D.C. man dead. Metropolitan police say the stabbing happened in the 2300 block of Hartford Street in Southeast, D.C. around 3:25 a.m.”

Washington Post: Police investigating fatal July 4 shooting in Northeast Washington “A 22-year-old who was shot near her home in Northeast Washington on July 4 died Wednesday, according to D.C. police. The victim has been identified as Deeniqua Dodds, 22, who was known in her neighborhood as Dee Dee. She lived with her aunt Joeann Lewis, 56, in Clay Terrace, a few streets from where she was shot.”

Washington Post: Fact Check: Robberies this year in D.C. are up, not down “At a news conference this week D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier offered an encouraging development regarding violent crime. But there was a problem. The total number of robberies this year are up slightly, not down, compared to the same period last year. And the most dangerous robberies – those at gun point — are up dramatically year-to-date, by more than 20 percent.”

Public Safety

WJLA: Metrobus has more security incidents than other bus systems “Commuters who ride Washington’s bus system are at a greater risk of experiencing security incidents than on other major bus system in the nation. Citing data from the National Transit Database, the Washington Post reports that Metrobus has the highest rates of security incidents among nine other major transit systems.”

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