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At about 10 a.m. this morning, Seventh District officers and D.C. Fire and EMS personnel responded to the 3300 block of 18th Street SE for the report of a suicide attempt. Officers were unable to gain entry into the apartment. After forcing their way in, an adult male allegedly armed with a knife “lunged toward members of the DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services,” according to a D.C. Police Department press release. “The officers verbally ordered the suspect to drop his weapon.”
The department goes on to state: “The suspect failed to comply. The officers fired their service weapons at the suspect, striking him.”
The man was taken to an area hospital. He is listed in critical condition. This incident is reminiscent of the police shooting death of David Kerstetter.
Here are some obvious questions that need to be answered:
1) Was the Department of Mental Health’s emergency response unit called?
2) Were officers specially trained in handling residents in crisis called and where they on the scene at the time of the shooting?