A teenager pulled a pistol on two officers inside a D.C. police station Thursday night with the apparent hope he would be killed.
No one was hurt and the pistol turned out to be a fake, but the incident is now raising questions about security at all district stations.
A court document filed in the case says 18-year-old D'Angelo Hamilton walked into the Fifth District station on Bladensburg Road with the hopes of getting the officers inside to pull their weapons and gun him down. Hamilton pulled a replica pistol after being told to leave the station.
The teenager, according to the affidavit, walked through the front door just after 10 p.m. setting off the metal detector and began smoking a cigarette.
When an officer told him to put it out, he challenged the officer, which caught the attention of others inside the station.
As one of the officers was attempting to escort the teen out of the building, he suddenly said, "I'm not trying to kill you brother man" before pulling up his shirt and grabbing the gun.
Both officers then lunged for the teenager with one grabbing the barrel of the weapon and the other seizing the teenager's arm before putting him in handcuffs.
As he was being led away, the affidavit says Hamilton told the officers, "I just wanted the police to kill me."
There is nothing keeping anyone from walking into any of the seven district stations in the city and pulling a gun.
There are metal detectors, but there is no one standing there to monitor them.
There is also no protection at the counters, no bulletproof glass or any defense against anyone who might want to do harm.
"Our stations are wide open," said police union president Delroy Burton. "Anybody can walk in. No one is checking them when they come in. Unfortunately, it's the same in the rear of the station. Now why talk about it? Everybody knows this is not a secret. This is a challenge to the council of the District to appropriate the right amount of money -- do a little bit more hardening at all of our public safety facilities."
The court document filed in the case says Hamilton also told officers at the station that he should have had the pistol in his hand when he first walked through the front door.
He was charged with carjacking after investigators found a car he had stolen parked nearby.
D.C. police released a statement confirming what happened, but made no mention of the security at the district stations.