The Metropolitan Police Department says officers shot and killed a man who drew a weapon on them around 10:30 p.m. on Monday night near Catholic University. The weapon was later found to be a BB gun, MPD explains in a release today.
The incident occurred on the 100 block of Varnum Street NE. The suspect has not been identified because their relatives haven’t been notified, D.C. police note. The firing officers and their number were also not immediately identified by MPD.
“Upon arrival, officers encountered an individual holding a weapon,” the release says. “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 man was taken to an area hospital, where he died. D.C. police also fatally shot a man carrying a BB gun in February.
MPD says officers are continuing to investigate the incident.