A Montgomery County police officer was injured and a male suspect is in critical condition after police exchanged gunfire with the man early Friday morning near the 8100 block of Eastern Avenue, just inside Washington D.C., police said.
At 12:39 a.m., police responded to multiple calls of gun shots in the area. When officers first arrived on the scene, they heard gunshots and soon encountered an armed male on the north side of Eastern Avenue, police said.
Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Officer Anthony Clay on Tuesday identified the man as Ronald Speight, 33, of the District. Clay said police have charged Speight with assault on a police officer. He did not have any information on Speight’s condition, what caused the shootout or the number of shots fired.
Speight was transported to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he was in critical condition Friday. As of Tuesday, no new information on his condition was available, police said.
One officer was transported to a local hospital, treated and released, police said.
The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the internal investigation, as is standard procedure, according to police.
Police have not released the names of the officers involved.