The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal police involved shooting which occurred this evening.
At approximately 9:09 pm on Sunday, December 23, 2007, plainclothes officers from the department’s Gun Recovery Unit were conducting an operation in the 500 block of Eames Place, NE. That unit is a part of the Narcotics and Special Investigations Division with the mission of recovering illegal firearms and apprehending potentially dangerous individuals who may possess them. At that time officers reportedly observed a male subject walk away from a vehicle at that location. The individual was subsequently stopped by an officer at which time it appeared that the subject may have been armed. As the officer continued to conduct his investigation the suspect fled on foot into the 600 block of 18th Street, NE, where he reportedly turned and pointed a weapon in the direction of the pursuing officer. As a result, the officer subsequently drew his service weapon and fired striking the subject in the head. That suspect was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries. He has been identified as 22-year-old Dameon Howard of the 4000 block of A Street, SE. A Tec-22, .22 caliber semi-automatic handgunwas recovered on the scene.
The officer involved in this incident was apparently uninjured. He is 30-years old and a 5 year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department. He has been placed on routine administrative leave with pay. The case is under investigation by members of the department’s Internal Affairs Division Force Investigation Team and the Violent Crimes Branch.
Update, 12/24/07, 12:20 pm
The correct classification of the weapon recovered on the scene of the fatal police shooting from the 600 block of 18th Street, NE, is a Tec-22, .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun. The release has been chaged to reflect that correction.