Man Encountered After Pulling Out Weapon on Officers in SE DCTop Stories

June 13, 2018 06:08
Man Encountered After Pulling Out Weapon on Officers in SE DC

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A man has died after being shot by a Metropolitan Police officer in Southeast D.C.

Three officers who were on a routine patrol in the area of 3700 1st Street SE encountered a group of people in an alley at about 7:12 Tuesday night. They ran when they saw the officers, and officers chased after them, police said. During the pursuit, one of the men pulled out a gun, D.C. police chief Peter Newsham told reporters while on the scene.

Multiple shots were fired. At this time, it’s not clear if the suspect fired any shots at the officers, Chief Newsham said. The suspect was shot and killed by police. None of the officers were injured.

Police recovered the suspect's weapon and released a photo of it from the scene.

No one is in custody and police are not looking for any suspects.

“There’s really no one we’re looking for right now. The person who had the handgun is the person who is deceased,” Chief Newsham said.

Police have not released the identity of the man or the officers. They are working to recover shell casings, forensics and video. Multiple people witnessed the incident and they are cooperating with police.

Harry Brown told WUSA9 at the scene that he knew the victim personally. He didn't believe MPD's account of the incident.

"He was leaving his front porch and he was walking across the street when the police began chasing him and he ran through the alley," Brown said. "The police hopped out of their car and just opened fire."

Brown would not identify the victim.

But, he did say the victim was the father of his niece, in his early 20s and had been recently released from jail a few months ago. Brown added that victim's family was very important to him and was the main reason he believed the man would not be holding a gun.

"Now, they're telling us that he had a gun -- which none of us saw a gun -- and I know him personally. I know that he's too smart to brandish a firearm."

The officers activated their body-worn cameras. That footage is under review. During the investigation, the officers involved will be placed on administrative leave.

By Lokesh

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