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June 22, 2011

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier Recognize DC Resident for Heroic Efforts in Assisting MPD Officers 

Quick Thinking and Intervention of Civilian Saved the Lives of DC Police Officers

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(WASHINGTON, DC) -- Today Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier recognized Yik Li, a civilian who intervened during a violent attack on two MPD police officers in Chinatown earlier this month.

“Mr. Li’s actions were critical and heroic, and for this he is to be commended,” said Mayor Gray.

The incident occurred on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at approximately 5 pm in the 800 block of 6th Street NW after an officer observed a male subject with an open container of alcohol. The officer approached the suspect and the suspect attacked the officer with sharp object. Another officer interceded.

One of the officers sustained contusions to the face and multiple bruises. The other officer’s injuries included lacerations to his face and multiple abrasions. During the attack, one of the officers continued to protect his firearm while the defendant attempted to grab it. Mr. Li jumped into the fray and helped one of the officers pull the suspect off the other officer.

Other officers responded and apprehended the suspect, who also had threatened officers with a long pole. The suspect was charged with Assault on a Police Officer While Armed.

“Many people in the community help MPD by giving tips, reporting crimes, and providing crucial witness information that leads to arrests and seizures of dangerous people and items,” said Chief Lanier. “We thank Mr. Li for his selfless actions in helping our police officers, and for doing his part to help keep D.C. safe.”