Police Involved Shooting on 400 Block of Kenyon Street, NW

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Thanks to all the readers who sent in their accounts of this incident. From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a police involved shooting involving an armed suspect that began in the 400 block of Kenyon Street, NW.

At approximately 1:09 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2009, uniformed officers from the Third District responding to a 911 call were confronted by a male suspect armed with a knife. The suspect, who was being investigated in connection with an earlier offense, twice confronted and reportedly lunged at officers in the 400 and subsequently the 600 blocks of Kenyon Streets. NW, in the attempt to inflict bodily harm. During the course of those confrontations, officers in imminent fear of their lives fired their service weapons and the suspect was struck.

The suspect who has been identified as 32-year-old Tremaine Flythe of Northwest Washington was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4:33 p.m.

A knife was recovered at the scene of this incident and a dog that was apparently in possession of the owner was turned over to Animal Control for safekeeping.

The male officers involved, 5 and 6 year members assigned to the Third District, suffered no apparent physical injuries as a result of this incident. They have both been placed on administrative leave with pay in accordance with departmental protocol.

The circumstances surrounding this police involved shooting remain under investigation by members assigned to the department’s Force Investigation Team which falls under the Internal Affairs Bureau.”

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