WASHINGTON - Police said a suspect was killed during a police-involved shooting in Southeast D.C. Tuesday night.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the fatal shooting happened at around 7:12 p.m. in an alley in the 3700 block of 1st Street near Wayne Place.
According to police, three uniformed officers on patrol in the neighborhood encountered a group of men standing in the alley. When the group saw the officers, they started running and officers chased after them. During the pursuit, police said one of the men produced a gun and the officers subsequently fired multiple shots at him.
The suspect was hit and later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
None of the officers were injured during the incident.
It is unclear if shots were fired at the officers, Newsham said.
"We have multiple witnesses that are cooperating with us right now to tell us exactly what happened," the police chief said. "So we will go up here and get the forensics from the scene. We will recover whatever shell casings we have up here, capture any video that we have, see if there is some body-worn camera video that is associated with the event, talk to the witnesses. We will piece that altogether and should have a clearer story after that."
Police said responding officers activated their body-worn cameras and the footage is being reviewed.
Two residents who live in the area said the violence is out of control.
"They are telling this community to calm down," said Regina Pixley. "We have been calm too long. In the name of Jesus, we have been calm too long. Our children are being killed in the streets."
"You have to almost be here to feel the energy, to feel the disappointment in what has happened and transpired here tonight," said Nelson White. "It is absolutely unimaginable that another life has been taken and so many questions are yet unanswered. So we are dealing with a community as we hear shots being fired even now that just needs so much attention."
The officers involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave, according to D.C. police policy.
The shooting remains under investigation.