D.C. police identify man fatally shot in standoff

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Metropolitan Police have identified the mental health patient whom a officer fatally shot Tuesday during a violent standoff in Northwest Washington.

He has been identified as Jean E. Louis, 55, of the 1600 block of Irving Street Northwest.

The four-hour standoff began at about 1:30 p.m. when officers were called to Mr. Louis‘ Mount Pleasant home to assist members of the city’s Department of Mental Health. When officers first entered the home, police said, Mr. Louis stabbed an officer in the arm with a sharp object, then locked himself in a bathroom.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s emergency response team then retreated and attempted to coax Mr. Louis out of the house, according to officials. During that time, streets around the intersection of Irving and 16th streets were blocked off by police.

Mr. Louis was fatally shot after police reentered the house at about 5:30 p.m. and he again lunged at an officer. Mr. Louis was taken to nearby Howard University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The police officer who was stabbed was treated and released from the hospital.

The police department’s internal affairs office is investigating the shooting, the fourth incident this year in which an agency officer has fatally shot somebody.

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