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Published on May 19, 2024
Police Officer Stabbed, Suspect Shot in Confrontation During Welfare Check in Northwest D.C.Source: Google Street View

A routine welfare check in Northwest D.C. took a violent turn Saturday when a man stabbed a police officer in the neck, prompting another officer to shoot the assailant, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) said. The incident occurred just over a year after another act of violence at the same apartment complex. The suspect's and the injured officer's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening.

The MPD responded to a call at approximately 10:40 a.m. on the 2400 block of Virginia Avenue NW after being informed of a friend experiencing a mental health crisis, according to WJLA. Officials from the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) arrived on the scene and concluded, the man had to be detained for evaluation. During the attempted apprehension, the man pulled out a knife and inflicted a neck wound on one of the officers present.

In an attempt to subdue the man, officers deployed a taser, which failed to restrain him, prompting the use of a service weapon, as confirmed by MPD's Second District Commander Tatjana Savoy in a statement obtained by DC News Now. The man was later given medical attention and transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has been charged with Assault on a Police Officer.

"It is scary," Ashley Henry, who had just arrived to move her son into the apartment complex, told DC News Now, remarking on the shooting that had happened shortly before her arrival. Four MPD officers, including the officer who fired the shot, have been placed on administrative leave during the ongoing investigation of the shooting, that took place just before 3 p.m., WUSA 9 reported.

Details regarding the identity of the officers involved or further specifics about the confrontation are yet to be released by authorities. The officer who sustained the neck stab wound was treated at the scene, with the troubling event unfolding in a residential area frequented by families and university students alike.