Police shoot and kill gunman in DC


An off-duty police officer enjoying a night out with a colleague, also off-duty in the area of ​​restaurants and hotels known as The Wharf, in SW Washington DC, shot and killed a man who was pointing a gun Saturday night, authorities said.

The victim was identified as 23-year-old Lazarus Wilson of Virginia, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee confirmed.

Another person, described as a “witness,” who was apparently with the person who was fatally shot, also suffered a minor injury and was taken to a hospital, DC police said.

Contee said Sunday, in a fact update, that off-duty officers saw the suspect “brandish a firearm during a standoff” around 9 p.m. outside a restaurant in the 800 block of Wharf Street SW.

The officers told him to drop the gun, but he did not, the police version said. It was then that one of the officers shot the man.

It was initially reported that the person was taken to a hospital with critical, life-threatening injuries. He later died.

Contee, for his part, pointed out that when people saw the armed man “he really began to flee the area, some people took refuge between the tables, and at that moment the two officers realized the threat and the danger, they saw the person with the firearm and took action.”

The next day, Contee acknowledged that until that day “it does not appear that there has been an exchange of fire” between the man pointing a gun and the off-duty officer who shot him.

City officials identified the cash as Commander Jason Bagshaw, a 20-year veteran of the DC Metropolitan Police.

The police chief indicated that images of the scene are still being collected. The Metropolitan Police had so far only released a still image of security camera footage apparently showing Wilson brandishing a gun.

“We have a body camera from the officers who responded to the scene. The first responders will notify Mayor Muriel Bowser within five days,” Contee said.

He added that a decision will then be made about publishing the video.

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