Man Who Shot at DC Police Also Suspect in Attempted Murder, Sexual Assault, and Arson

Richard Butler III;  Photo: Prince George's County Police

Richard Butler III; Photo: Prince George's County Police

Richard Butler III is a man well-known to authorities. On Wednesday, as Washington, D.C. police officers were patrolling the Southeast division of the city, they recognized him as having outstanding warrants in Prince George's County related to charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, and arson.

When the officers attempted to contact him, he fled on foot and a chase ensued. Butler allegedly pulled out a handgun and fired at the officers during the pursuit.

The officers returned fire; however, no one was injured. Butler was taken into custody and charged with assault on a police officer.

In addition to his most recent charges, Butler is accused of attempting to sexually assault a young woman on March 4 and then throwing an incendiary device into her home, causing a fire.

Days later, he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend multiple times before fleeing the scene. Now, thanks to the good work of the Washington, D.C. police department, he is in custody and off the street.


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