A Lancaster man has been charged in a murder plot against three city police officers.
Akeem Washington, 30, threatened to kill the officers and sergeant who arrested him for a disturbance Dec. 28, and he attempted to recruit another inmate at the Lancaster County Prison to help him, police said in a news release Wednesday.
Washington allegedly threatened the officers with physical harm at the time of his arrest and was initially charged with several offenses including terroristic threats, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness.
The following day, detectives learned of the murder plot from prison staff.
Washington allegedly stated that when he got out of jail, he was going to make a fake call to lure the officers to the scene and then shoot them with an automatic rifle.
He claimed that he had access to different types of weapons, including an AK-47 and an AR-15.
Police said he attempted to recruit another inmate to make an anonymous call to lure police to the area so he could shoot up their car.
He also threatened to shoot up the police station and shoot the sergeant at home so that no one would know what happened to him.
Police said he also stated that if the sergeant’s family came outside, he would shoot them, too.
Washington made repeated, specific requests to the other inmate in an attempt to solicit help in committing the crimes. He asked the inmate to act as a look-out and offered the inmate a place to stay after the crimes were committed, police said.
“It’s upsetting. I can’t even imagine the conversation that these officers had to have with their families over this,” Lancaster City Police Chief Keith Sadler told abc27. “It is a big deal because if you’re that bold to make those kind of threats against armed law enforcement, then you have no regard for any human life.”
As a result of the investigation, Washington was charged with four counts of criminal solicitation to commit criminal homicide.