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Fatal Police Involved Shooting

Monday, October 26, 2009
A 23-year-old suspect was fatally shot.

The Metropolitan Police Department has identified 23-year-old Jamaal Grant of no fixed address, as the suspect who was fatally shot in a police involved shooting which occurred on Saturday, October 24, 2009.

At approximately 10:15 am, officers from the Fourth District responded to the 700 block of Randolph Street, NW to investigate the report of three to five male suspects tampering with an automobile. Upon their arrival, the suspects fled the scene on foot. During the course of the officers’ efforts to apprehend the suspects, Mr. Grant produced a handgun while in the 4100 block of 8th Street, NW, at which point one of the officers, in imminent fear for his life and the lives of others, fired his service weapon, striking the gunman.

The suspect continued his flight to the 800 block of Upshur Street, NW, where he collapsed and the officers apprehended him. At that time, officers recovered a handgun. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department personnel were summoned to the scene, but they could find no life signs. He was later pronounced dead on the scene by a member of the DC Medical Examiner’s Office. His body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia.

Fourth District officers also apprehended two additional male suspects in connection with this incident, both of whom have been charged with Tampering with Auto.

The officer who was forced to fire his service handgun sustained minor injuries and was treated at an area hospital and released. The 33-year-old officer, who has been with the Metropolitan Police Department for 10 years and who is currently assigned to the Fourth District, has been placed on routine Administrative Leave with Pay in accordance with departmental protocol.

The circumstances surrounding this police involved shooting remain under investigation by members from the department’s Force Investigation Team, which falls under the Internal Affairs Bureau.