1 killed, 1 injured in D.C. police shootings on Christmas Eve

MPD Cmdr. David Taylor answers questions from ABC7's Jay Korff, left, and other reporters near the scene of the shooting Wednesday evening. (Photo: WJLA)

WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) – D.C. police shot and killed a man who fled when officers approached him in Southeast Wednesday afternoon.

Commander David Taylor of the Metropolitan Police Department's 6th District says officers pursued the man because he matched the description of a suspect in a robbery that had just occurred.

Witnesses tell ABC 7 News the man was walking down the street in Southeast and fled when D.C. police cars pulled up. One witness said officers fired multiple rounds at the man as he ran, an estimated 10-20 shots.

Commander Taylor spoke to reporters and confirmed there were multiple shots fired, and that the man was taken to a hospital and is dead. He said the man reached a dead end as he ran, turned toward pursuing police, pulled a gun and opened fire.

When asked who shot first, Commander Taylor said, “The suspect fired first.”

Commander Taylor says the number of shots fired and other circumstances surrounding the shooting are under investigation. The shooting occurred around 3 p.m. near Naylor Road and Erie Street SE. The man's name will be released once his relatives are notified.

A second man was shot by Metropolitan Police on Christmas Eve. It happened around 5:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of 15th Street NE. The crime started as a carjacking of a FedEx truck. Police opened fire on the man, whom they say fired shots at them. The carjacker was wounded; officials reported late Wednesday he was conscious and breathing. Two officers sustained minor injuries.

A number of officers involved in the shootings have been placed on routine administrative leave.

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