1 dead from self-inflicted gunshot after cops fire weapons during shooting investigation: police

Authorities say the person officers fired at Monday night while investigating a call for gunshots in northwest D.C. was later found dead nearby with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say they responded to the 1400 block of Park Road around 11:30 p.m. Monday to investigate the report of gunshots.

When they arrived, they found shell casings on the ground and say witnesses provided descriptions of the possible gunmen.

Investigators say they spotted a person who matched one of the descriptions and attempted to stop him – but the person refused.

Assistant Chief Leslie Parsons spoke at the scene and said officers believed the person they spotted was armed. Police then discharged their weapons in his direction.

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The person ran from the scene, Parsons said, and was spotted a short time later by officers nearby in the 1400 block of Meridian Place.

According to Parsons, the suspect again fled and was located in an alleyway behind a residence in the 1400 block of Meridian Place with what police believe appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The person died at the scene.

Parsons said witnesses told officers they believed the person shot himself. Police say a firearm was also recovered at the scene.

Body-worn camera footage is being reviewed at this time. No officers were injured. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.