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Officers Shot Serving Warrant in DC Standoff

Three D.C. police officers were shot and wounded while attempting to serve an arrest warrant Wednesday morning, sparking a standoff with the gunman who remains barricaded inside a home.

The incident has drawn local and national attention, underscoring the dangers law enforcement officers face.

Police Chief Pamela Smith confirmed that all three officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are currently receiving medical care in “good spirits.” A fourth officer was injured during the incident but did not sustain gunshot wounds.

“It appears as though, during conversation, he seems to communicate very effectively with us, but then there are times he appears to be very agitated,” she said.

Standoff Continues with Barricaded Gunman

The confrontation began around 7:30 a.m. as officers sought to execute an arrest warrant related to cruelty to animals.

The situation escalated when the suspect fired upon the officers as they attempted to enter the home. Negotiations with the suspect have been ongoing, with the police chief noting fluctuating cooperation.

Community and Animal Welfare Concerns

The Humane Rescue Alliance, present at the scene to assist with the warrant, expressed concern for both the officers and the community affected by the standoff, including the welfare of animals involved.

“Our thoughts are with our partners at MPD who are being treated in the hospital and we are wishing them all the best in their recovery. We could not fulfill our mission without them,” the Humane Rescue Alliance said in a statement.

The shooting has prompted a response from President Joe Biden, with the White House expressing prayers for the officers’ swift recovery and highlighting the broader issue of gun violence in America.

The call for legislative action on gun control was reiterated, pointing to the need for bipartisan support to address community safety concerns.

With information from ABC News

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