D.C. police found human remains after an officer fell through the floor of a vacant home in Northeast Washington.
It happened around 9:30 a.m. Thursday, after police spotted a stolen Chevy Equinox that they believed had been used in a series of robberies in Prince George’s County and the District.
With patrol cars giving chase and a police helicopter flying overhead, the suspect bailed out of the vehicle around 21st Street and Benning Road NE, police said.
The suspect ran and police followed on foot until the suspect ducked into an old house at 424 24th St., NE.
Police surrounded the house and called in a canine unit.
As the canine officer and dog entered the home, the wooden floor boards gave way and the officer fell through the floor, a law enforcement source familiar with the incident told The Washington Examiner. The officer was hurt, but not seriously injured, said Officer Hugh Carew.
The police dog ran down into the basement, where it found the 20-year-old suspect hiding, the police source said. The skeletal remains were found in another part of the home.
D.C. police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said the remains were human.
“At this time there is no evidence of foul play,” Crump said. “We do not have an ID [of the remains]. The investigation is continuing.”
The suspect told police that he had been living in the vacant home for several months. Police did not believe him, though, and had not released his name on Thursday evening.
Officers have determined that the Chevrolet Equinox had been stolen and investigators found a shell casing inside the car.