Washington, DC – Two DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) reserve officers were ambushed by a gunman as they were parked outside of a convenience store late Thursday afternoon.
The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. in the parking lot of the Heights Shopping Center near the intersection of Varnum Street and Hawaii Avenue, WRG reported.
The reserve officers, who were out on patrol at the time, came under fire as they parked in front of the store, MPD Chief Peter Newsham said, according to The Washington Post.
The officers spotted muzzle flashes in the woods nearby, and were able to get to cover and call for backup, The Washington Post reported.
MPD officers from the Fourth District apprehended the shooter, who was still in possession of a firearm at the time of his arrest, Chief Newsham said.
The shooter was carrying a rifle, WUSA reported.
None of the officers fired their weapons during the incident, but bullets did hit their patrol car.
“It looks like he tried to assassinate a couple of our police officers,” Chief Newsham said, according to The Washington Post. “Thankfully the police officers were not struck.”
Investigators found shell casings in the woods, and estimated that the gunman was at least 50 yards from the patrol car when he opened fire.
Chief Newsham said that the reserve officers and the officers who responded to their calls for help are all heroes.
"Their actions today were really heroic," the chief said, according to WUSA. "The actions of the officers who responded to the scene were incredibly heroic. To take this guy into custody, none of our officers had to fire a shot, and we got this guy arrested who it looks like tried to assassinate a couple of our police officers."
The gunman’s identity has not been released.
MPD reserve officers carry duty weapons and are full-trained police officers, but work as unpaid volunteers, WRG reported.