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


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