A Metropolitan Police Department officer shot and killed 28-year-old Justin Lionel Turner Friday morning after being stabbed, according to news reports.
Officers were reportedly called to the house on 17th Street Northeast between Newton and Monroe Streets at about 6:45 a.m. to break up a fight between Turner and his grandfather. When they arrived, Turner attacked one officer from behind and stabbed him, according to police.
MPD has not yet identified the officer involved in the shooting.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Friday at a press conference that the officer had been with the department 10 years.
WUSA reports that the block where the attack took place is closed Friday as officers continue to investigate the case. The officer was reportedly transported to a local trauma center.
A press release from MPD is below:
The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a police involved shooting which occurred in the 3500 block of 17 Street, NE.
Preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 6:45 am on Friday, November 2, 2012, officers from the Fifth District responded to the 3500 block of 17th Street, NE for the report of a domestic assault in progress. While the first arriving officer was interviewing the complainant, the suspect armed with a knife attacked the officer from behind and stabbed him multiple times about the head and neck. The officer, who was actively being attacked, turned and fired his service weapon striking the suspect.
DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and determined that the suspect had no signs consistent with life. The suspect was pronounced dead by a member of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The officer was taken to a local hospital for his injuries and was later released. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division is conducting the investigation.