UPDATED: Aug. 13, 2014 6:42 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW) — An off-duty D.C. police detective was shot early Wednesday as several suspects attempted to carjack his vehicle, according to D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The detective is now out of surgery and in stable condition after being flown to the hospital by helicopter. One of the suspects is in police custody, but officers are still searching for two more men who they believe were involved.

Romeo Hayes, 27, of southwest, D.C., was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill.

Lanier said at a 6:30 a.m. news conference that the suspects were traveling in a burgundy Nissan Altima with New York tags. Around 3 a.m., near the intersection of Southern Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, they tried to carjack the officer’s car. He drove away in an attempt to escape, but the suspects followed him, firing at his car and hitting him several times.

Then the Nissan drove away from the scene, at some point entered Prince George’s County, and then veered back into the District.

The suspects abandoned the Nissan near the 5500 block of Hunt Place NE. It was at that point that police caught the man they now have in custody. Police also have the Nissan.

D.C. police are asking for the public’s help with the investigation, as they believe the suspects were involved in other confrontations overnight.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or the suspects should contact D.C. Police.

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WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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