@MetroTransitPD tweeted aroun 9:45pm:
“MTPD units are on scene at Potomac Ave w/Officer-involved shooting following report of unauthorized person in tunnel. Updates will follow.”
“Update – Potomac Ave Metro – patient on tracks assessed by EMS supervisor & determined to be deceased, switching to recovery mode #DCFD”
“Incident location is reported to be about 400ft east of Potomac Avenue station, inside the tunnel #wmata”
Update from MPD:
“The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a fatal Metro Transit Police involved shooting. Preliminary investigation has determined that on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at approximately 9:10 pm, members of the Metro Transit Police responded to a call of a partially clothed man at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station, in the 700 block of 14th Street, Southeast. During the incident, a Metro Transit police officer discharged a firearm at a male suspect. The male subject was fatally injured as a result.
The decedent information is being withheld until positive identification is made.
The investigation continues. Investigators are seeking information from any witnesses who may have been on the train or platform around that time. Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”
Update from Metro Transit Police:
“With concurrence from MPD, the following information has been authorized for public release as a result of the preliminary investigation:
At approximately 8:50 p.m., the train operator of a Franconia-Springfield-bound Blue Line train notified the Metro Rail Operations Control Center of an unauthorized subject in the tunnel between Stadium-Armory and Potomac Avenue stations.
At 8:52 p.m., the reporting train was secured at Potomac Avenue and the track was taken out of service. Third-rail power was de-energized by the Rail Operations Control Center.
Metro Transit Police dispatched officers at 8:53 p.m.
The first transit police officer arrived on scene at 8:57 p.m. Three additional MTPD units arrive prior to 9:01 p.m.
The MTPD officers initiated inspections of the tunnels that lead into Potomac Avenue.
Shortly before 9:10 p.m., a responding MTPD officer encountered a male subject in the westbound tunnel approximately 400 feet east of Potomac Avenue Station.
During that encounter, the MTPD officer discharged her department-issued service weapon, resulting in fatal injuries to the male subject.
There were no injuries to MTPD officers.
The identity of the decedent will be released by MPD.
The name of Metro Transit Police officer involved has not yet been released. She is a veteran officer with more than 10 years of service.
As is standard protocol, the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave during the review of use of force.
The incident remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or may have seen the male subject in or around Potomac Avenue Station, or the adjacent stations of Eastern Market or Stadium-Armory, is asked to call Metropolitan Police at (202) 727-9099 or Metro Transit Police at (301) 955-5000.”