District Man Charged with Assaulting Officer: He Has History of Violent Behavior

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The man who held D.C. police at bay for more than three hours Thursday night, firing from a bedroom window at officers or anything else that moved, has a history of threats and violent behavior, according to court records.

Samuel Johnson, 46, of the 4800 block of Seventh Street NW was arraigned yesterday on charges of assault on a police officer while armed for the Thursday night standoff.

Police said two officers heard shots in the area about 8:55 p.m. Thursday and called for assistance. Two other officers were in a rear alley in the 900 block of Delafield Street NW when they were fired upon.

Police said Mr. Johnson, a former teacher at the District's Coolidge High School, was firing with a semiautomatic 30-caliber rifle from a bedroom window in the rooming house where he lived.

For the next three hours, police closed off several blocks around the Petworth area home and forced many residents from their homes.

After a long period when there were no shots, police entered the bedroom and found Mr. Johnson lying dazed and incoherent on the bed. A 30-caliber rifle and 70 spent cartridges were on the floor.

D.C. Superior Court records said Mr. Johnson had been unemployed for six months and last worked as a teacher for Calvin Coolidge High School. …