UPDATED: Officer Shoots, Kills Motorcyclist Who Drove Into Police Car Near 3rd and M Streets NW

by Tim Regan September 11, 2016 at 9:45 am 10 Comments

(Updated at 4:13 p.m.) A D.C. Police officer shot and killed a man who drove his motorcycle into a police car near 3rd and M streets NW early this morning.

Police received a call for a motorcyclist “driving erratically” on the 1700 block of U Street around 4:20 a.m., according to an MPD press release.

An officer located and stopped the motorcyclist near the intersection of 3rd and M streets NW, which is about a block north of New York Ave. NW. When the officer began exiting his car on the passenger side to apprehend the motorcyclist, the man on the motorcycle “intentionally drove into the passenger door,” according to authorities.

“At that point, shots were fired,” MPD Assistant Chief Peter Newsham said in a video the police department shared this morning.

The motorcyclist, identified by police as 31-year-old Terrence Sterling, was brought to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Newsham said the officer who shot the driver has been placed on routine leave and an investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

Read the full MPD press release regarding the shooting below:

(Washington, D.C.) -Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau responded to a police-involved shooting that occurred on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at the corner of 3rd Street and M Street, Northwest.

At approximately 4:30 am, an officer observed a motorcycle driving recklessly near the 1700 block of U Street, Northwest. A few minutes later, another MPD officer observed a motorcycle matching the same description near 3rd Street and M Street, Northwest. When the officer was exiting the passenger side of his marked police cruiser to stop the driver, the motorcyclist intentionally drove into the passenger door and the officer fired his service weapon.

The motorcyclist, identified as 31-year-old Terrence Sterling, of Fort Washington, Maryland, was taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The officer involved in this incident did not sustain serious injuries and has been placed on administrative leave.

Video via MPD

  • Anon

    This sounds suspicious and not at all a reason to discharge a service firearm. I hope his next of kin call some lawyers after grieving.

  • KebaJ

    This story is omitting that the reason the guy smashed the passenger side of the police car was because another cop was getting out to initiate the traffic stop. When that happened the cop shot at motorcycle they took Mr. Sterling to hospital where he died. This is yet another person that didn’t want to follow police orders and tried to run and put the cop in a situation where he didn’t have any other choice but to shoot. I’m sure his family called a lawyer as soon as they were told he was killed by cop gotta hurry and get the “he was a good son,brother,father/baby daddy,worked all the time, never got in trouble” story out quick…while a cop will get vilified because he was in fear of his life and others and had no other options.

    • smith lovy

      Yet another? The cops involved in shooting John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Samuel Dubose, Wendell Allen, Philando Castille, and Charles Kinsey had AMPLE opportunity NOT to shoot. More than ample. Those are the majority of the cases people have been angry about. You make no sense.

    • Sally

      so its okay to shoot a man in the head. Its okay to keep following him after they were ordered to back down, Its okay to ride around without have your body carmera on.

  • James Rooster Pace

    DC cops have a habit of shooting unarmed people. That woman with the baby in the car a few years back, now a dumbass, unarmed biker. If the kid rammed the car, then he was stopped. Why shoot him?

    • Detroit911

      That was Capital Police….Fact…Not DC (MPDC) the ones you see in our neighborhoods.

  • Dontgetslapped

    Sounds like he was using the motorcycle as a weapon which justifies that defense method.

    • shottablack

      Think about what your saying he used a moto bike as a weapon ??? How ??? Wouldn’t he fly off the bike and or hurt himself smdh media is powerful the cop car cut him off and he tried to squeeze past and the cop shot him from the passenger seat this was an actual friend of mine

    • smith lovy

      How do you know this? Did you see it? All we have are what the cops said happened as usual. You think they will issue a report that says “the guy hit my car by accident, but I panicked and shot. Darn. Stupid me.”? What happened to “we have to wait for the facts?”

  • Scotty

    Has anyone given thought to the fact that the officer who fired the weapon couldn’t have known the color of the motorcycle riders skin, I mean if he was wearing any kind of motorcycle riding gear, (ie jacket, helmet etc)? He was reacting out of fear of his life, to a situation that none of us talking here would know what to do if in the same situation. He didn’t shoot him because he was black, he shot him to protect himself


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