3 suspects charged, one dead after police chase for shots fired in Alexandria


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UPDATE 4/8: Police say one of the four suspects in the vehicle being chased died after crashing the vehicle.

Alexandria Police said that they pursued a vehicle with four people inside after the shots fired call. The suspects’ car crashed on I-295 above Malcolm X Avenue in Southeast when the driver got out of the vehicle and jumped over the barrier, landing on the road below.

Police said that a U.S. Park Police officer used an Electronic Control Device (EDC) while trying to take the driver into custody. The report said that the driver was still conscious and breathing when the ambulance arrived but lost consciousness in the ambulance and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

It is unknown if the device is what resulted in the death of the suspect. The Metropolitan Police Department is conducting the death investigation.

The six Alexandria officers involved have been placed on leave.

The three remaining suspects, identified as Joseph Stokes, 41, of D.C., Sean Pendleton, 37, of D.C., and Merton Thomas, 37, of Alexandria are charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WDVM) — Alexandria Police say they have charged 3 people in D.C. after a shots fired incident in Alexandria.

Police said they responded to a call about shots fired that took place around 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday from the 800 block of N. Patrick Street. Police say they chased a suspect vehicle, and the pursuit ended in Southeast D.C. just after 9 p.m.

Police said around midnight the suspects were taken into custody. An investigation is ongoing and no further details are available.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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