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Police Shooting at West Virginia Avenue and Neal Street, NE

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

At approximately 3:00 pm, on Wednesday, February 22, 2006, an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer allegedly shot and fatally wounded a subject while at the intersection of West Virginia Avenue and Neal Street, NE. 

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Preliminary investigation indicates that the officer, identified as 48-year-old Edward Ford, a 15-year-veteran who is currently assigned to the Second District, was driving in the 1300 block of West Virginia Avenue, NE.  While at the intersection of West Virginia Avenue and Neal Street, NE, the officer apparently observed a subject that was being sought for stealing tools from a home Officer Ford had been working on. The officer exited his vehicle, confronted the subject, identified himself as a police officer and asked a nearby resident to call police to respond to assist. It was at this time that the subject allegedly made threatening motions toward the officer. The officer reportedly drew his service weapon. When the subject allegedly lunged toward the officer, the weapon discharged, striking the subject in the chest.


The decedent has been identified as 51-year-old Ignatius Gary Brown, of the 1200 block of Oates Street, NE.  He was taken to the Washington Hospital Center's MedSTAR Unit and pronounced dead at 3:37 pm. The officer was not physically injured.


Officer Ford has been placed on routine administrative leave.  The case is currently under investigation by members of the department's Office of Professional Responsibility, Force Investigations Team and the Violent Crimes Branch.  The facts of the case will be presented to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.