Police Officers, Suspect Exchange Gunfire in Southeast DC: Police

Officers and a suspect exchanged fire in Southeast D.C. after the suspect fled a traffic stop, police said.

An officer attempted to stop a driver who ran a red light about on Stanton Road SE at Suitland Parkway SE about 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The driver fled but struck a curb, deflating the tires at the intersection of Morris Road SE and Elvans Road SE, police said. 

The driver allegedly jumped out of the car and opened fire. The officer shot back.

The suspect fled into a wooded area, where police set up a perimeter. A second officer saw the suspect appear to raise his hands and fire at the suspect, police said.

The suspect was located from a police helicopter, and officers and K-9 units arrested John Raymond Hudson, 31, of Southeast D.C, about 3:30 a.m., police said.

No one was reported injured.

Officers recovered a handgun with an extended clip that held 23 rounds and could hold up to 31 rounds, police said.

Hudson told police he had purchased marijuana, then was chased by someone driving a silver Infiniti, police said. He told police after disabling his car against a curb, he ran into the woods and was involved in a shootout with people in the Infiniti.

But he said he did not have a handgun and did not shoot at police, according to court documents.

Hudson faces charges including assault on a police officer, carrying a pistol without a license and possession of a large capacity ammunition feeding device. He is being held without bond.

Video from the scene shows a red and black sedan that had been struck by bullets.

It's the third time someone has opened fire on police in a week.

Police shot and killed a man who shot and killed his brother and then injured a police officer Monday night.

"I think this is indicative of the gun play that we have in our city," D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said. "Our police officers are out there trying to get these illegal firearms off the street. They're engaging with bad actors who are armed, and unfortunately this is the result."

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