Metropolitan Police detective shot, wounded in D.C. carjacking attempt; 1 arrested, 2 sought

Police search for evidence in the carjacking attempt that left an off-duty detective injured. (Photo: WJLA/Mike Conneen)

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - An off-duty Metropolitan Police detective was shot and wounded early Wednesday in a carjacking attempt.

It occurred around 3 a.m. near Pennsylvania Avenue and Southern Avenue in Southeast D.C., near the border with Prince George's County, Md.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier said three occupants of a burgundy Nissan Altima with New York license plates tried to carjack the detective. He attempted to flee but was pursued and shot multiple times.

The detective was taken by helicopter to a local hospital, where he was listed in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Lanier said one occupant of the Altima, 27-year-old Romeo Hayes of Southwest, D.C., was arrested and charged with assault with intent to kill. A search for the two others, who fled the scene, was ongoing.

Sources told ABC 7 News that the wounded detective is based out of District 6, where he had previously been named a 'Detective of the Year.' His name has not been publicly released by authorities.

Several roads in Southeast D.C., including parts of Southern Avenue, were closed throughout much of the day as police continued their investigation around the shooting scene.

MPD also closed stretches of Division Avenue, Hunt Place, Hayes Street and Jay Street in Northeast D.C., and were using search dogs to look for evidence related to the case. Police did not elaborate.