LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A man who D.C. police say exchanged gunfire with officers Wednesday is dead after a city ambulance was shut down while he was being taken to a hospital.
Tim Wilson, spokesman for the DC Fire and EMS Department, says the engine light went on as the suspect was being transported from the scene, Barnaby Street in Southeast, via I-295. The operator shut the vehicle down and called another unit to finish transporting the man, who has since been identified by police as 34-year-old Nathaniel McRae, to an area hospital.
“This is one of our newer model vehicles and what happens is, these vehicles have an emissions control system that, you know, every so often, if the vehicle is utilized continuously, the vehicles do need to have a period where they actually stop operating in order to perform a self-cleaning function,” Wilson said. “This particular vehicle had just come from a hospital where it essentially didn’t have enough time to conduct that process.”
Wilson says CPR was performed on McRae as he was being transported, but he could not comment on whether he was dead upon the second ambulance’s arrival to the hospital. Police say McRae was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A mid-trip vehicle shut down has not happened in the department before, to Wilson’s knowledge, he said. The heat is not thought to be a factor in the incident.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said three D.C. police officers responded to a carjacking at about 2:15 p.m. in Southwest. The officers were led by the black Pontiac Trans Am to Barnaby Street, when a suspect got out of the car and exchanged gunfire with police. One officer was grazed by a bullet in the head and transported to MedStar Washington Hospital where he is in stable condition.
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