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Armed Man Demands Tools from D.C. Firefighters

Attempted robbery during a call for
a water leak

(District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department)

Elliot Henney, ABC7, with permission

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Yes, it’s exactly how it sounds.

An indecisive robber pulled a gun on a D.C. firefighter early Wednesday morning demanding tools, only to flee the scene after being unable to decide what he wanted, according to D.C. Fire and EMS.

The scene unfolded around 2:30 a.m. when D.C. Fire and EMS say they were dispatched to a water leak call in the 1800 block of 23rd St. SE.

While the rest of the firefighters were inside tending to the water leak, the firefighter who remained with the truck was approached by a suspect who allegedly “pulled a gun on him” and demanded tools.

D.C. Fire and EMS say the suspect didn’t seem to know the name of the tool he wanted and wasn’t interested in the chainsaw the firefighter offered him.

So, within about a minute of the encounter, D.C. Fire and EMS say the suspect fled and did not obtain any property, nor were there any injuries.

D.C. police were reportedly called to the scene and filed a report.