Gunman Open Fires On Passing Police Cruiser In DC

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A man opened fired on a police car causing an immediate car crash in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in a frightening scene unfolding in broad daylight near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Police arrested the unidentified shooter, and no injuries were reported. The incident comes in the wake of several fatal shootings in the D.C. metro area, most recently the accidental killing of Officer Jacai Colson by friendly fire during a shootout outside a Maryland police station, reports NBC Washington.

According to D.C. police, the man began firing off multiple rounds as a police cruiser passed by at roughly 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 600 block of Mellon Street, SE. Officers immediately returned fire, and a brief shootout took place. In the panic, a women reversed her car, crashing into a Lexus as she tried to escape the bullet exchange. (RELATED: MD Officer Killed In ‘Unprovoked’ Ambush On Police Station)

Police say it was a chaotic scene as everything happened so fast. There were pedestrian walking the sidewalks and other cars driving in the street when the man open fired. Police apprehended the shooter, finding two additional guns in his car, reports D.C. Sun Times.

“It was unprovoked,” Commander Vendette Parker of the Metropolitan Police Department told NBC4.

Police reported no injuries from the shootout or the resulting car crash. Officials have yet to determine a possible motive for the random attack.

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