Shots fired in Beltway chase

Dec. 2, 2005, midnight | By Alex Hyder | 18 years, 6 months ago

Three, possibly four, suspects apprehended

Police pursued four shoplifting suspects last night in a dramatic rush-hour chase around the Beltway, ending with the crash of the suspects' vehicle on Colesville Road, according to Montgomery County Police press releases. Three of the suspects were arrested; one was taken to MedStar hospital after receiving gunshot wounds from police.

Plainclothes Fairfax County police officers noticed the four suspects, three women and a man, were behaving suspiciously while at the Tysons Corner Center mall. After they left, police pulled over their car, a gray Honda Civic, but were met with a confrontation in which shots were fired. Two officers were injured during the traffic stop, but were not shot.

The suspects fled on the Beltway's inner loop before exiting and heading south on Colesville Road in Silver Spring.

When their vehicle collided another car, the four suspects fled on foot. Two of the women and the man were arrested shortly thereafter.

The fourth suspect, described by police as a black female wearing a green top and blue jeans, possibly barefoot, eluded capture by running down a forested street near Sligo Creek Park.

The Associated Press reports that the woman had been apprehended in Prince George's County earlier today, but an official at the PG County Police department told Silver Chips Online that the department was not aware of any arrests being made in connection with the chase and that investigators were trying to determine the source of the report.

Subsequent reporting by The Washington Post and Associated Press confirms that the woman is still at large.

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