D.C. police have identified two suspects who authorities say were in a white pickup truck that crashed Thursday into two police bicycle officers and a transportation worker on a busy street in Adams Morgan.
One officer remains in critical condition at a hospital as of Friday morning, but he has stabilized, authorities said. Police Chief Peter Newsham said in a tweet that the second officer’s condition has been upgraded from serious to fair. The transportation worker’s injury is described as nonlife-threatening.
In his Friday morning tweet, Newsham described “a long and tough night [for] the MPD family.”
Police identified one suspect as Dwayne Nicholas Taylor, 23, of Prince George, Va. He is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm, which police said was found in the vehicle after the crash.
The other suspect is Brandon Figures-Mormon, 22, of Disputanta, Va. He is charged with assault with intent to kill and possession of an unregistered firearm.
The men arrested could make an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court later on Friday. They live about 20 minutes by car from each other in a rural county 40 miles south of Richmond and roughly along the I-95 corridor. It could not be immediately learned what they were doing in the District.
The incident happened just before 9 p.m. in the 2400 block of 18th Street NW, in Adams Morgan, a thriving nightlife district filled with bars and restaurants, and usually crowded at night.
Newsham said the officers were struck by a vehicle “traveling at a high rate of speed.” Police said the truck struck the two officers and the traffic worked before it crashed into another vehicle.
Authorities said Thursday night they knew of no motive; the FBI was at the scene but officials would not describe their role. The chief did not rule out terrorism as a possible motive.
“We have to look at that very closely. We do not have a motive at this time,” Newsham said. “I feel horrible. I have two of my officers in there, unnecessarily in hospital.”