I hope this finds you and the people you care for safe and healthy. We are in unprecedented times requiring all of us to dig deeply and find innovative ways to thrive personally and professionally as well as care for our communities. The Zoo has been closed for 11 weeks. I’m pleased to tell you that our animals are all well and receiving the usual quality care from our essential staff. I’ll write more about the Zoo but I have two important business items to share with you first.
The news has reported an incident that occurred last Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. A vehicle with two suspects unlawfully entered the Zoo from Connecticut Ave. A Zoo Police Officer followed the vehicle to initiate a traffic stop. The suspects ignored our Officer who was finally able to stop the vehicle near the bottom of the Zoo. The Officer approached the suspects who then drove the vehicle directly towards the Officer. This aggression prompted the Officer to discharge his weapon at the suspects, thus striking the vehicle. Nobody was injured. The Metropolitan Police Department has taken the lead on the investigation and arrested the two suspects involved. This is an ongoing investigation.
I felt it was important that you hear directly from us some details of the incident as I wouldn’t want you to have the impression that one of our officers discharged his weapon without cause.