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MPD Officer Involved Shooting: 100 Block of Varnum Street, Northeast

Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Monday, June 27, 2016, in the 100 block of Varnum Street, Northeast.

At approximately 10:22 pm, MPD officers responded to the location in reference to a man with a gun.  Upon arrival, officers encountered an individual holding a weapon.  After numerous demands to drop the weapon, the suspect failed to comply and raised the weapon toward the officers.  The officers then discharged their service weapons, striking the suspect.  The suspect was transported to an area hospital, in critical condition, where he later succumbed to his injuries. 

The decedent will be identified once next of kin has been notified.

The suspect’s weapon was recovered on the scene. Investigation revealed the weapon produced by the suspect was a BB Gun.  This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.