SUITLAND, Md. April 10 2015 — A security officer shot when he approached a couple fighting in a car near a gate to the U.S. Census Bureau has died, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Erika Murray said early Friday that Lawrence Buckner, 59, died at Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Md., at 7:19 p.m. ET Thursday.
The shooting at the Census complex near Washington, D.C., was part of a string of events that started with an apparent argument between a couple and ended with a police chase into the District that left the suspect and a Metropolitan Police Department sergeant with gun wounds, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday night during a briefing.
Lanier said she had no information on the conditions of either.
The chain of events started at about 6 p.m. when a car with a couple apparently arguing inside approached the gate of the Census Bureau in Suitland, Md., Lanier said. As the security guard approached the car, described as a green Honda, he was shot by gunfire coming from inside the car.
Police chased the vehicle into the District, where the occupants fired at a police car in one location. The suspect car fled again with police in pursuit, and shots were fired at a police car at a second location. Then the suspect car fled once more, Lanier said. At a location in Northeast Washington not far from Union Station, police cars blocked the path of the suspect vehicle and a crash took place. During a shootout that followed, the suspect was shot as well as the police sergeant, Lanier said.
Earlier at the Census Bureau, all entrances were shut down around 7:45 p.m. as heavily armed and armored tactical teams and sharpshooters moved in to the complex on Silver Hill Road, which also houses other federal offices. Media and bystanders were moved 200 yards away.
The Census Bureau has been headquartered there since 1942, and employs about 4,285 staff members.