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Police Involved Shooting in the 3300 Block of 18th Street, SE

Saturday, February 6, 2010
An unidentified suspect, who was armed with a knife, has been taken to a local hospital.

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a police involved shooting that occurred in the 3300 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>18th Street, SE. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>

At approximately 10 am on Saturday, February 6, 2010, officers from the Seventh District and personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the 3300 block of 18th Street, SE, for the report of a suicide attempt. Upon arrival at that location, officers and fire personnel made unsuccessful attempts to gain entry into an apartment. Subsequently, officers and fire personnel forced their way inside. Upon entry, an unidentified adult male armed with a knife lunged toward members of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The officers verbally ordered the suspect to drop his weapon; however the suspect failed to comply. The officers fired their service weapons at the suspect, striking him.

The suspect was transported by personnel from the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. 

There were no reported physical injuries to the three officers involved in this incident. The members, who are assigned to the Seventh District, have been placed on routine Administrative Leave with Pay in accordance with departmental protocol.

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