DC Suspect Captured After Census Guard Killed

Alleged kidnapper shot after car chase
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2015 12:24 AM CDT
DC Suspect Captured After Census Guard Killed
A sign for US Census Bureau headquarters is seen after the shooting yesterday evening.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

A security guard at the Census Bureau is dead and an injured suspect is in custody after a dramatic series of events that police say started with an alleged kidnapping. DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a guard at bureau headquarters in Suitland, Md., was shot several times when he approached a car that matched the description of one used in a DC kidnapping at around 5:30pm yesterday, the AP reports. Lanier says the suspect drove back across the border, firing at DC police chasing him until a police car rammed his vehicle and he was captured after an exchange of fire with police.

The guard, Lawrence Buckner, died after he was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center, reports the Washington Post. The suspect and a police sergeant were shot and injured after the chase came to an end in northeast Washington, near Union Station, USA Today reports. An FBI spokeswoman tells the AP that there is no sign the Census Bureau shooting was terrorism-related. Lanier says the suspect was seen forcing a woman, whom he apparently knew, into the car, and the pair were later seen arguing inside the vehicle near the gate of the bureau's campus, the Post reports. The woman managed to escape the car somewhere between the bureau and the end of the chase and is "in good condition," Lanier says. (Read more Census Bureau stories.)

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