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Shots Fired During Police Chase in Montgomery County, 3 Teens Charged With Attempted Murder: Police

The police chase ended in a crash on the Capital Beltway near Rockville Pike, authorities said

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Three 16-year-olds are in custody after shots were fired during a police chase that ended in a crash early Thursday on the Capital Beltway in Bethesda, police said.

Officers first responded to a call for an attempted burglary at a residence on Johnson Avenue overnight, Montgomery County police said.

A silver BMW SUV matching the description of a suspect vehicle from a June 21 burglary was seen fleeing the area, eventually heading toward Interstate 495/the Beltway, police said.

During the chase, the SUV stopped abruptly, causing an officer to swerve to avoid hitting it, and the officer heard three gunshots, police said. The SUV passed the officer, and another shot was fired.

The officer's vehicle was damaged. No one was hit, and no officers returned fire, police said. It’s not clear where shots were fired.

The BMW lost control, rolled down a hill and crashed on the Beltway near Rockville Pike, police said. No injuries were immediately reported.

One suspect was taken into custody immediately, and two others suspects ran away. They were found after a search using K9s and a Prince George's County police helicopter, police said.

Traffic was briefly brought to a standstill, but our partners at WTOP report that all lanes are back open.

Investigators looked for shell casings and other evidence overnight.

Police initially said the attempted robbery was near Bradley Boulevard and Fairfax Road.

Maynor Josue Bonilla-Flores of Northeast D.C., Jason Benitez-Umanzor of Northwest D.C. and Brad Roca of Northwest D.C. are charged as adults with attempted murder, first-degree assault and first-degree burglary.

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