Early Saturday morning police and firefighters in Washington D.C. responding to the report of an accident arrived on the scene to find damaged mailboxes and a damaged car, and that the vehicle which had caused the damage had fled — as WUSA9 reports in the video below (we apologize for the autoplay).
As they began to assess the damages and take statements from neighbors the driver of the offending vehicle returned and began firing on police, firefighters and bystanders when the police began to approach him.
Richard Nichols, a neighbor, told reporters gun violence happens a lot in the area:
“They’re at it again. It doesn’t take much. I roll off the bed and get on the floor so I won’t get hit.”
Dabney Hudson, a spokesman for the Fire Fighters Association added:
“While they were out there investigating, apparently the assailant returned to the scene, opened fire on both the firefighters and the police.“
Police say that 25-year-old Brian Anderson of Maryland returned to the scene and fired 12 to 14 shots at police before once more fleeing the scene. He was apprehended a short time later and both he and his passenger 27 year old Diana McCollough were arrested. Hudson has been charged with felony assault on a police officer, destruction of property, carrying a weapon without a license and leaving the scene of an accident, police did not specify what McCollough was charged with.
The fire truck involved in the incident was parked two blocks away in what officials call a “soft posting” it is presented as a safety measure but Hudson was critical of it saying that the incident merely showed that the “soft postings” are ineffective and pointing out that firefighters are not trained to fight crime and that their purpose is not to deter crime.
“The police were there, the firefighters were there, this gentleman opened fire on a crowd of witnesses. It’s frustrating. It’s an issue we’ve spoken out about publicly; we aren’t crime fighters, we aren’t equipped to handle this nor do we deter crime. It’s one of those situations you just duck cover and hope for the best, but it’s one of those situations we shouldn’t be in.”
Watch the report on gunshots fired at D.C. firefighters and police.
Here’s the video from WUSA9.