DC Housing Authority officer shot in Navy Yard neighborhood; 2 under arrest

Authorities say two people have been arrested after a D.C. Housing Authority officer was shot and wounded early Thursday morning while on patrol in the city’s Navy Yard neighborhood.

D.C. Housing Authority Chief of Police Michael Reese said the shooting happened at the Carroll Apartments, a senior living building, in the 400 block of M Street around 5:45 a.m. 

The veteran male officer was on regular patrol and encountered a suspect – identified as 40-year-old Victor Terrill – who was asked to leave the area. Terrill opened fire on the officer, striking him in the torso. The officer was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Reese said the suspected gunman fled to a nearby building about a block away and was barricaded inside a parking area for several hours until members of MPD's Emergency Response Team found him on the roof of that building. Terrill, and a female, were taken into custody. 

Terrill's alleged accomplice has been identified as 37-year-old Teyona Tolson. Detectives believe his gun was recovered from a trash can inside the building.

Photo via Metropolitan Police Department 

FOX 5’s Stephanie Ramirez was on the scene and said the large police response prompted a two-hour delay at nearby Van Ness Elementary School. Police assisted students who were at the school and transported them to nearby Jefferson Middle School.

Many roads in the area were closed as the investigation unfolded and police ordered nearby residents to shelter in place and stay inside their homes. The alert was lifted just before 10:30 a.m.

On February 14, three D.C. police officers were shot, leading to an hours-long standoff in southeast Washington. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed that the man accused of shooting the officers was in the U.S. illegally.

What is a housing authority officer?

The District of Columbia Housing Authority Police Department enforces laws, ordinances, rules, and regulations of the Housing Authority. The department is made up of both uniformed and plainclothes personnel.

According to the D.C. Council’s website, they "have the power to execute any traffic citation or any criminal process (misdemeanor or felony) issued by any court of the District, or any felony, misdemeanor, or other offense against District laws, ordinances, rules, or regulations."

DC Shooting Road Closures

- M Street (Between 4th Street & 5th Street)
- 4th Street (Between Water Street and Tingey Street)
- Tingey Street (Between 4th Street and Bowyer Street)

All roads have since reopened. 

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.

DC police involved in shooting in southeast; large response closes roads