Editor's note: the author happened to be present when this incident occurred.
The two shots cracked open the Sunday air just after 12:30 p.m.
Within seconds, squad cars were funnelling in, 17-year-old Ledarius D. Williams lay face-down on the pavement, and the blue-shirted police officers who'd just wounded him were joined by others, all swarming the northeast corner of Cherokee Street and Texas Avenue.
Ah yes, from the same intersection
that brought you both a garden-related political controversy
and the federal indictment of a shopkeeper
just last month, yet another Cherokee Street drama played out over Memorial Day weekend: the downfall of a youth who - as one officer put it to a resident - was already a career criminal.
few minutes before the shooting, police say, a pair of officers had
pulled over a car a few blocks south at Potomac and Texas for a traffic
violation. When the car slowed to a stop, Williams and another young
man swung out and sprinted away.
The cops immediately saw that Williams had a gun, and "recognized him from prior encounters with law enforcement."
later, a couple of responding officers spied Williams - who had a white
bandage covering one eye - standing at Cherokee and Texas gripping his
9mm semiautomatic. Police say they approached and ordered him to drop
the weapon. Williams tried to pass it off to someone walking up the
sidewalk, but the pedestrian wouldn't take it.
to the report, the cops again told Williams to drop his gun. Instead,
he walked into the middle of the street, his back to the officers, gun
at his side.
Then, suddenly, he swiveled around and aimed at them.
Both officers fired, and one hit Williams in the knee. He fell down, and chucked his gun into the sewer.
was taken by ambulance to a hospital, treated, and taken into custody.
He's now being held on a $50,000 bond and is facing two counts of
second-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. But
that's not the end of the story.....(see part 2 later today).