Suspect involved in shooting an officer is said to have lengthy criminal record, including a dropped murder charge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, November 22nd, a shootout between an armed individual and Park Police officers took place in broad daylight. That shooting led to one officer being shot.

According to reports, the suspect, since identified as 30-year-old Turell Delonte Campbell, was also shot during the gunfire exchange. He was transported to the hospital were he was pronounced dead. 

During a press conference, U.S. Park Police spokesperson Sgt. Thomas Twiname said that the shots were fired around 2:30 p.m. in the area of 12th Street across from M Street Towers. He said that upon arriving to the scene, first responders found the suspect and officer suffering from gunshot wounds. 

Twiname said that multiple officers were at the location when Campbell was identified as a suspect in a "drug violation" within Park Police jurisdiction. A weapon identified by police as Campbell's firearm was reportedly recovered at the scene of the shooting. 

Twiname said in a statement, "Both the officer and the individual were shot and transported to local hospitals. The officer is listed as stable condition and is recovering from multiple gunshot wounds."

Campbell reportedly has a lengthy criminal history in the District, including a murder charged that was later dropped by prosecutors. Court records show a man by the same name who was charged with murder back in 2015. That shooting took place in the Bellevue neighborhood in Southwest D.C., and Campbell was charged with killing the victim, 25-year-old Isiah Agyekum.

However, court records also show that the murder charge was later dismissed due to an "unspecified government witness availability issue." Years later, Campbell was still getting in trouble with the law. In 2019, he was charged with selling crack cocaine in Penn Quarter.

In 2020, he was charged with threatening to shoot a D.C. Housing Authority police officer. Both of those charges were subsequently dropped by prosecutors. In that same year, Campbell was arrested again, this time on gun and drug charges.

He reportedly plead guilty to the drug charges in December of 2022. The gun charges were dropped and he was sentenced to 18 months of probation beginning February of this year. During the shootout on Wednesday, November 22nd, Campbell was still on probation. 

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the recent shooting that left one officer injured and Campbell dead. As of this writing, authorities do not have additional information on who shot first or why the chase turned deadly. U.S. Park Police said that they will release the bodycam footage within 30 days. The facts and evidence will be independently reviewed by the United States Attorney's Office. 

Twiname said, "As far as how the gunfire was exchanged, that will come out through the investigation as they review footage." The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is protocol after officer-involved shootings.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call 202-727-9099 or text a tip to 50411. 
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