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One dead after police-involved shooting in D.C.

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham addresses police-involved shooting Sunday morning in D.C. (Photo, ABC7)

Traffic returned to normal at 3rd and M Street on Sunday afternoon, hours after a chaotic scene in the area. Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said it all started with a report about a person on a motorcycle in Adams Morgan.

“There was a report of a motorcyclist that was driving erratically, officers found the vehicle over here at the intersection of 3rd and M street Northwest,” said Newsham.

Newsham said they identified the man on the motorcycle as 31-year-old Terrence Sterling. The officer who was on the scene said when he tried to stop Sterling and things got out of control.

“The person that was riding the motorcycle attempted to flee, ended up striking the police car and at that point…shots were fired,” said Newsham.

Sterling was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

"What I know of Terrence is just a kind…help anybody person,” said Sterling’s cousin Delante Murphy. "He was just so excited about life and his career, so this is a total shock to me.”

Sterling lived in Fort Washington, Maryland. Murphy said he was a heating and air conditioning technician.

“If he didn’t have a weapon on him or he didn’t try to take the bike to run over a police officer, outside a car, then what justified the shooting for killing him?” said Murphy.

“Once we talk to everybody and we piece this together, we’ll be able to be in a better spot to determine,” said Murphy.

As standard procedure, the unidentified officer was placed on administrative leave. He was not injured.

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