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December 13, 2005
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Police in manhunt after D.C. officer shot


Copyright 2005 News World Communications, Inc.
The Washington Times

D.C. police conducted an extensive manhunt after a detective was shot and wounded outside the Days Inn Gateway in Northeast yesterday as authorities tried to arrest a D.C. man they say kidnapped a 26-year-old woman at gunpoint Saturday.

The suspect - identified as Derrick Arthur - eluded authorities, who opened fire as he fled across the street to the National Arboretum, where authorities conducted a more than four-hour search that lasted well into the evening.

Mr. Arthur, 34, remained on the loose last night and was considered by police as armed and dangerous. Detective Tomas Rosenborg, 38, was in stable condition last night.

Police confronted Mr. Arthur at about noon yesterday at the Days Inn Gateway at 2700 New York Avenue NE.

Police said Mr. Arthur abducted a woman at gunpoint in Southeast early Saturday and that authorities tracked the pair to the Days Inn early yesterday.

Police said that when authorities surrounded the motel just after noon, Mr. Arthur jumped into a car and tried to hit the officers with the vehicle.

As a result, police opened fire to try to stop Mr. Arthur from running. Mr. Arthur crashed the car into a hotel gate, got out of the vehicle and ran across New York Avenue and fled into the arboretum, police said.

The arboretum was open to the public before the incident occurred.

Detective Rosenborg, a 16-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department's Office of the Superintendent of Detectives, was shot in the lower back as he chased Mr. Arthur.

It was not known whether the detective was shot by Mr. Arthur or by an officer, police said.

"At this time it is unclear if [Mr. Arthur] even returned fire," said Sgt. Joe Gentile, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department. "We had several officers open fire when he allegedly tried to run them down. We are considering him armed and dangerous. When he was last seen, he was carrying a handgun."

Detective Rosenborg was expected to remain in the hospital overnight, Sgt. Gentile said.

The victim, whose name was not released yesterday, was taken into police custody and questioned, Sgt. Gentile said. She was not harmed, he said.

A warrant charging Mr. Arthur with kidnapping while armed has been issued.

He also is wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in court. His criminal record was not known yesterday.

Police ask anyone with information on Mr. Arthur's whereabouts to call authorities at 202/727-9099.

It was not clear how police tracked Mr. Arthur to the Days Inn or why police think he abducted the woman.

During the manhunt, about 50 police cruisers and several K-9 units patrolled the perimeter of the arboretum. Officers combed the woods and set up roadblocks, including one along the service road near a park entrance at 3501 New York Avenue NE.

Two helicopters, one operated by the U.S. Park Police and the other by the Maryland State Police, flew over the arboretum until early last night looking for Mr. Arthur.

Several police cruisers were parked outside The Washington Times building, which is adjacent to the arboretum.

Down the street at Bladensburg Road and New York Avenue Northeast, sections of a gasoline station parking lot were blocked off.

The 446-acre arboretum, most of which is heavily wooded, attracts more than 500,000 visitors a year.

Bordered by New York Avenue and Bladensburg Road in Northeast, it has 9.5 miles of winding roads and is owned by the federal government.

The officer shooting yesterday was the second in the District in two days.

A federal officer was shot Friday night while pumping gasoline at a Citgo station on Kenilworth Avenue in Northeast. Police said two juveniles shot the officer and stole his silver Toyota Tacoma and gun.

The officer, who is assigned to protect Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso R. Jackson, remained hospitalized yesterday. His identity has not been released.

After the shooting, the truck was found behind an apartment complex in the 4900 block of Meade Street in Northeast. No arrests have been made in that case.

*This article is based in part on wire service reports. 
December 12, 2005

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