Man who police say exchanged fire with officer is charged with carjacking


A man who DC police say exchanged gunfire with an officer last month in southeast Washington stole $3 from a woman and hijacked a security guard before the shooting, court documents show filed in the case.

Neither the officer nor the man were hit by gunfire on the night of August 25, and police said they arrested Joseph Hall, 24, from the southeast. He was charged with carjacking, armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm without a licence.

On Friday, DC officials identified the officer who fired as Ethan Way, who has been with the force for six years. Way did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

Police say Hall refused to allow authorities to release Way’s body camera video, as is his right. Authorities said the investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

A Superior Court judge ordered Hall’s detention and set a hearing for September 16. His attorney with the Public Defender Service did not respond to a request for comment.

The encounter happened around 8:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Sixth Street SE. Police said they received multiple 911 calls reporting a man wielding a gun and trying to rob people.

A woman told police a man held a gun to her daughter’s chest and demanded money. The victim gave the man $3, the woman said. Police said the man, later identified as Hall, then rushed to a parked silver Ford EcoSport occupied by two on-duty security officers, known as special constables.

The driver of the Ford told police the man banged on his window and shouted “Help me,” according to court documents. She said the man then pointed a gun at the guard’s head and said, “Give me the keys and get out.” Give me the keys. Give them to me now or I’ll blow your head off.

Police said the guard and his passenger, who were unarmed, got out of the Ford and drove away and the driver kept his car keys. Police say Hall got into the Ford just before police, including Way, arrived.

Court documents say Way gave Hall, still inside the vehicle, “several verbal commands” to drop the gun, “but he did not comply.” Police say Hall pointed the gun at Way, who fired, and Hall fired back.

Police eventually arrested Hall and said they found a handgun, empty of bullets, in the vehicle.


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