Washington, D.C. -According to the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), a man was shot and killed by a police officer in Northwest Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning.
Just after 9:45 a.m., a message on the X platform stated that police were at the intersection of North Capitol Street and New York Ave. NW.
According to Police Chief Pamela Smith, the incident began at 6:45 a.m., when crisis intervention officers were called to a mental health problem along Benning Road NE. The man agreed to receive assistance from a hospital after the officers spoke with him for two hours.
Smith claimed that when they were driving through the tunnel, the man “became agitated” and attacked the paramedic during the trip.Subsequently, MPD informed DC News Now that the individual was experiencing a mental health crisis and was his route to the hospital via ambulance. According to police, the individual attacked a paramedic during this ride. Moments afterward, he was shot by a police.
Observing the man leap out of the ambulance, the crisis cops had been following it. When they attempted to pepper spray him, according to the MPD, the cops witnessed him assaulting another responding officer.The man slid under a truck after running into traffic. According to the police, he was holding an unknown metal object when he reappeared.
Smith stated he sought to interact with the officers even after they told him to drop the object. Then one of the officers—the same crisis officer who had arrived on the scene initially—pulled a revolver.
On Wednesday afternoon, police were still reviewing hours’ worth of body camera footage. After firing the bullets, the officer was put on administrative leave. The man who was shot and the officer had not yet been named by MPD.
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