TAKOMA PARK — Police here now say a shooting between a police officer and a 19-year-old man occurred after a failed arrest attempt at a local auto parts store.
On Wednesday, July 25, Takoma Park Police Sgt. Charles Hoetzel shot and injured 19-year-old Kenneth Carroll of Northeast D.C., following a foot chase in which both men crossed Eastern Avenue into Washington, D.C.
According to charging documents released by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which is prosecuting the case, Carroll is charged with one count of possessing a pistol without a license.
Court records also show police charged Carroll with assaulting a police officer, but William Miller, a spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office, confirmed the prosecution is not pursuing the assault charge, adding, “that the investigation is continuing and that he is charged at this point only with the gun offense.”
According to the charging documents, the incident began when Hoetzel, who is referred to as “CW,” attempted to detain or arrest Carroll. After Carroll allegedly refused to comply, the two engaged in a physical altercation near Advance Auto Parts store, located at 6300 New Hampshire Ave. in Takoma Park.
Following the altercation, Carroll allegedly fled on foot toward Eastern Avenue, with an unnamed witness saying he saw Hoetzel with a silver badge around his neck and a radio in his hand, according to Officer Richard Geiger of the Metropolitan Police Department who filed the charging documents.
The witness also stated he saw a “Hispanic male with no shirt and baggy pants running with his hands near the area of his front waistband” before hearing Hoetzel yell “Halt or stop,” with both disappearing from view and then hearing “four to five gunshots.”
Shell casings recovered at the scene at the 6200 block of Eastern Avenue, according to Geiger, are consistent with Hoetzel’s service weapon, who “discharged his firearm multiple times.” Citing doctors from a local hospital, the document also alleges that Hoetzel struck Carroll “three times in the left shoulder.”
Carroll, after being struck, then allegedly fled west on Sheridan Street before being handcuffed by Hoetzel.
Geiger states that Takoma Park Police K-9 Officer Cpl. Garrison located a “tan-colored” Glock 19 handgun, allegedly tossed by Carroll during the incident, along with “several” 9mm shell casings near the 200 block of Sheridan Street.
Geiger also stated that he and “Detective Pugh,” whose first name is not provided, spoke with a 911 caller, who stated they heard “10 shots” and witnessed a “white male with Bermuda shorts and a jacket armed with a black handgun.” The only location provided was that he was standing near a retaining wall separating two houses.
The following day, Hoetzel turned in his service weapon for “review, inspection, and seizure,” according to Geiger. Geiger also states that Hoetzel’s weapon, which has the capacity to carry a total of 12 rounds, did not have any rounds in the magazine or chamber. Hoetzel did not carry any additional ammunition, according to Geiger.
Geiger states that additional investigation recovered 12 shell casings, consistent with Takoma Park Police Department’s standard-issue ammunition, along with five shell casings consistent with the ones coming from the Glock 19 allegedly carried by Carroll.
The document does not state what prompted Hoetzel to chase Carroll, and officials from the Takoma Park Police and Metropolitan Police Department declined to comment.
Carroll, who is currently being held by the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, has a prior arrest history for drug possession, as well as a pending case in Upper Marlboro for firearms trafficking. Carroll also has prior misdemeanor traffic offenses in Washington, D.C.