A Metropolitan Police officer fatally shot a man Tuesday afternoon after he pulled what appeared to be a gun from his waistband, police said.
Police said the department’s Gun Recovery Unit was on assignment around 2:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of Elvans Road in Southeast when the incident occurred.
Shots were fired and the man, who was reportedly 18 years old but who has not been identified by police, died at a local hospital. Police recovered a weapon at the scene.
But a law-enforcement source with knowledge of the incident said the weapon recovered was a BB gun, reported first by The Washington Times. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The source said officers saw the man with a bulge in his waistband and attempted to stop him. Two officers began chasing the man on foot while two other officers in a vehicle drove to get ahead of the man, the source said.
As the officers in the car caught up to the man, he pulled the weapon from his waistband and turned toward them. One of the officers fired twice, striking the man in the chest once, the police source said.
Asked about the report that the weapon recovered was a BB gun, Gwendolyn Crump, a police spokeswoman, said she could not comment further because the incident is under investigation.