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Police Arrest Man in Connection with Saturday Morning Auto Theft

Isom Cooper, 49, was taken into custody this afternoon by police at a hotel on Van Dorn Street near the Capital Beltway.

Metro Transit Police have announced the arrest of the suspect following Saturday morning's auto theft.

Isom Cooper, 49, was taken into custody this afternoon by Fairfax County Police at a hotel on Van Dorn Street near the Capital Beltway, according to a Metro news release.

FCPD and Metro detectives interviewed Cooper and subsequently arrested him in connection with the car theft. Other charges may be pending.

The incident started around 7 a.m. when the suspect reportedly stole a black Pontiac from the Addison Road Metro Station, in Capitol Heights, Md. Metro Transit Police tracked the vehicle to a shopping center parking lot on Van Dorn Street in Kingstowne by using the victim's iPhone, which was left inside the car.

The suspect fled the scene in the vehicle and a Metro policeman who approached the suspect was then dragged by the suspect driving the car and reportedly fired a shot at the suspect, according to a Metro spokeswoman.

The suspect abandoned the vehicle on a ramp from South Van Dorn Street onto 495 East, leading to the Capital Beltway and fled on foot.

In what is considered standard procedure, the Metro Transit Police officer who shot at the suspect has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Metro Police expressed appreciation for the support of Fairfax County Police, Alexandria Police and Virginia State Police. The partner law enforcement agencies provided officers, K9 units and helicopter support during the investigation.

See also:

Metro Transit Police Track Car Thief to Kingstowne Shopping Center

Metro Places Officer on Leave Saturday Following Shooting in Kingstowne

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