A 34-year-old man fatally shot early Tuesday by a D.C. police officer was the first to fire a gun during their encounter, Metropolitan Police Department officials said.
Police recovered a gun from the scene and said the Southeast D.C. man fired at least once at the officer, who witnessed the man "acting erratic," MPD spokesman Officer Araz Alali said. The officer, who police have declined to identify, fired back and the man was struck multiple times. He died at the scene.
The shooting happened in the 2600 block of Sheridan Street Southeast just after 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Police did not provide details of the circumstances of the shooting, including whether the officer was responding to a call about the man or if he encountered him while on patrol. It was also not specified what the man was doing that attracted the officer's initial attention.
Police identified the man as Richerd Swepton Cleman, though news reports citing family members have also identified him as Cleman Sweptson.
The officer was not injured during the encounter.
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