Police have identified the man shot and killed by a police officer today as 28-year-old Justin Lionel Turner.
According to MPD, officers were called to a home on 17th Street Northeast between Newton and Monroe Streets by Turner’s grandfather. After they arrived, Turner allegedly tried to stab an officer from behind, and the officer turned and shot him.
In an interview with WTOP, MPD Chief Cathy Lanier said the officer suffered “multiple lacerations to his head, neck and hand.” She described the injuries “not life-threatening, but pretty serious.”
The full statement from MPD is below:
UPDATE: Decedent Identified in Police Involved Shooting: 3500 Block of 17th Street, NE
(Washington, DC) - The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a police involved shooting which occurred in the 3500 block of 17th 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 decedent has been identified as 28-year-old Justin Lionel Turner.
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