Police Standoff in Southeast D.C.

Homicide suspect in custody after an early-morning shooting

A five-hour standoff in Southeast D.C. ended around 10 a.m. Wednesday with a homicide suspect in custody, reports NBC4's Tracee Wilkins.

The suspect turned himself in, Wilkins said. He doesn't live in the area and police are still trying to determine why he was here. Lt. Robert Adler of D.C. Police couldn't comment on whether the suspect was armed.

The standoff unfolded around 5 a.m. as police were searching for the gunman responsible for a fatal shooting. They learned that a suspect was in an apartment building in the 1700 block of 17th Street SE, near R Street.

Authorities blocked off nearby Minnesota Avenue SE during the morning rush, as armored vehicles and police cars filled the area.

The SWAT team rolled into the neighborhood at 6 a.m., and police began escorting other residents of the building outside about an hour later. Three men were brought out in handcuffs.

Officers had their rifles drawn and were using parked cars as protection.

The initial shooting happened around 3 a.m. Police had to postpone the investigation of 24-year-old J'Ron Lamar Brown's death due to the barricade situation.

Derrick Babb, 23, was charged with second-degree murder while armed.

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