Three DC police officers shot while trying to serve arrest warrant; suspect barricaded, firing shots: Police


(WASHINGTON) — Three police officers were shot in Washington, D.C., while trying to serve an arrest warrant at a home Wednesday morning, and the suspect is still barricaded and opening fire, according to D.C. police.

All three officers suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, Police Chief Pamela Smith told reporters. A fourth officer was also injured but was not shot, Smith said.

The incident unfolded around 7:30 a.m. when officers responded to a home to try to serve an arrest warrant for cruelty to animals, Smith said.

Officers tried to make contact with the individual inside the home, but the individual refused to go outside, the chief said. Officers then tried to go inside the home and the suspect then fired at them, Smith said.

The suspect remains barricaded and is continuing to fire shots, Smith said.

It’s not clear if any other people are inside the suspect’s home, she said.

Several schools in the area are on lockdown, according to law enforcement sources.

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have responded to the scene.

The Humane Rescue Alliance said its field services director was at the scene when the shooting unfolded to serve the arrest warrant with the officers.

“Our thoughts are with our partners at MPD who are being treated in the hospital and we are wishing them all the best in their recovery. We could not fulfill our mission without them,” the Humane Rescue Alliance said in a statement. “We are also concerned for the safety of the officers who remain on scene, the community members who continue to be affected, and the animals whom we were there to protect.”

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News’ Luke Barr contributed to this report.

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