M.P.D. Officer involved in off-duty shooting, one suspect on the run


WASHINGTON (WDVM) — An off-duty Metropolitan Police Department Officer was involved in a shooting Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of 28th St. Northwest, according to M.P.D. Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict.

Around 12:18 a.m., officers responded to the listed location above for a call of shots fired. When they arrived, an off-duty officer flagged them down.

The preliminary investigation shows that the off-duty officer was intervening in an ongoing armed robbery with two suspects involved. One of the suspects was armed. Executive Chief Benedict said the suspects approached a car with three people inside, demanded the car, cash and other belongings from the passengers. As the off-duty officer engaged, shots were fired in both directions.

The officer was not injured in the shooting, but one of the suspects, 23-year-old Marquette Earl Holmes, was shot and later taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Holmes is being charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm, possession of unregistered ammunition and possession of a large capacity feeding device.

M.P.D. recovered a semi-automatic pistol from the location.

The second suspect is still at large and is described as a black male wearing a black top with white reflective lettering, dark pants and white shoes.

Anyone with information about this incident or suspect is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099.

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