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Early Morning Police Involved Shooting at 3rd and M St, NW

by Prince Of Petworth September 11, 2016 at 10:11 am 9 Comments

via google maps

From MPD around 4:30am:

“Alert: Police Involved Shooting at 3rd & M Street NW. Details forthcoming.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the corner of 3rd Street and M Street, Northwest.

At approximately 4:30 am, an officer observed a motorcycle driving recklessly near the 1700 block of U Street, Northwest. A few minutes later, another MPD officer observed a motorcycle matching the same description near 3rd Street and M Street, Northwest. When the officer was exiting the passenger side of his marked police cruiser to stop the driver, the motorcyclist intentionally drove into the passenger door and the officer fired his service weapon.

The motorcyclist, identified as 31-year-old Terrence Sterling, of Fort Washington, Maryland, was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The officer involved in this incident did not sustain serious injuries and has been placed on administrative leave.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 202-727-9099.”

  • Spencer

    That’s like the third shooting over here this summer.

  • Anon

    I’m amazed at how quickly my confidence in the police had evaporated. (Middle class woman here, spent first 35 years of my life assuming everything police said was correct bc why would someone want to shoot innocent people for no reason? Then cell phone cameras happened). Anyway….
    I hope there is footage. Officer exiting out of passenger side and biker intentionally tried to run motorcycle into side of car (instead of, say, fleeing)…and officer had time to get out gun and shoot him dead? Ima need to see some film on this one. Could totally be correct and guy had a death wish and/or was high on something. But hear hoofprints and think horses, not zebras. This one sounds off.

    • John

      If what was described in the original post is accurate, it seems like a totally justified shooting.

      • David S

        Being that I am an associate of the deceased and I see that the bike had no damage other than of a few minor scratched from when it hit the pavement at low speed I am inclined to tell you that this is NOT a justified shooting. However let’s assume that the article is absolutely true and the rider did ram the police car. I don’t know what if any training you have but my military training defines a justified shooting an incident where the aggressor has intent, ability and opportunity to injure the officer or other civilians. He must pose a direct threat. In this case IF he did intentionally RAM a 3500lb police car with his 800-900lb motorcycle HEAD on a speed that is significant enough to injure to office through his metal door. Than yes this is justified. But if the collision happened at an angle, a low speed, or more likely as the office was trying to cut the motorist off and made contact with the side of the bike in his efforts than this is murder. Simply put. There are a lot of problems in the African American society as well as in police departments across this country. This my friend is a problem with that particular officer, his training and depending on his this investigation turns out we can determine if it is also a problem with the DCPD.

        • anon29

          There is an eye witness that says she saw the cop put down his window and shoot him. I generally side with the police, but if this is the case, not this time.

  • Random internet nobody

    I have to say, with regards to the DC police, I’m going to go ahead and say that I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt here. The police in DC aren’t exactly know for being trigger happy, at least in the 15 years or so that I’ve been here. And if someone was coming at me driving crazy (and I’m assuming based on the statement given at a high rate of speed) on a several hundred pound bike plus the weight of the rider, that justifies deadly force in my eyes. Anyway, you seem to have already made up your mind that you are going to clutch your pearls and be all outraged without knowing all the facts so I guess this will fall on deaf ears. Oh well, keep looking for zebras I guess?

  • madmonk28

    I don’t feel that DC police have shown themselves to be trigger happy. Watch the video of the DC police officer shoot that lunatic firing a gun on Georgia Avenue. He did what he had to do and he did it professionally. I bet the police officer in this situation did the same thing.

    • 8:15 anon

      Wondering if you changed your opinion now that (a) it’s reported that officer “forgot” to turn on his body camera, so whoops we all just have to take his word for it since the other party is dead and (b) on NPR, reported that two eye witnesses reported the events very different than police.
      Most police are not trigger happy. But the problem is, it just takes one. And you will have a hard time convincing me that there isn’t at least one Barney Fife on each police force.

  • markus

    To that same point, officers nationwide have demonstrated profound restraint and are not trigger-happy. The number of stories we hear vs the massive number of times each day police face people with weapons, are attacked by others, etc, and (and lets be honest, many of those were at least more justified than the narrative).


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