Newsham, who has been serving as interim chief of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department after Cathy L. Lanier stepped down, will take over the agency with almost 3,800 officers, according to The Washington Post.
Newsham was assistant chief under former Police Chief Cathy Lanier.
They responded to a reports of shot fired earlier in the day, Police Chief Peter Newsham said, and officials are determining if there was a confrontation or exchange of gunfire.
One officer was in surgery late Thursday; the other was being treated in the hospital, police sources told News4.
Newsham's appointment is subject to approval by the D.C. Council. "He understands and believes in community policing, and he is trusted by members of the community".
Under Newsham, MPD has added a sector system to increase the accountability and response time for officers. "Chief Newsham truly values and respects the residents of Washington, DC, and I know we will be able to work together to stand up for and protect our DC values".