One dead in officer-involved shooting at DC area train station

One person was shot at the Washington, D.C., Metro Center in an officer-involved shooting on Wednesday.

Trains were stopped following reports of shots fired at the station, with police confirming that one person was killed.

The situation

“The Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to NBC4 that the shooting involved an officer from another agency,” the Washington Examiner reported.

“The Red Line is currently single-tracking due to police activity. The Orange, Silver, and Blue lines are operating normally,” it added.

The details

NBC 4 Washington later reported that the person involved was fatally shot by an off-duty FBI agent.

“The agent got in a fight with the other person before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the two of them fell about an 8-foot drop over a wall away from the tracks at the end of the platform, police said. The struggle continued, and shots were fired, an initial investigation found,” the outlet reported.

“Shots were fired by an off-duty, veteran special agent assigned to FBI headquarters,” Executive Assistant Chief of Police Ashan Benedict said.

The FBI agent was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, according to police.

I was on the train when we just saw people running for their lives at Metro Center…I started screaming everyone get down and our entire car hit the ground. I’m still shaking like a leaf!” one witness tweeted.

No threat to public

The Metro is now running again and there is no threat to the public. An investigation is ongoing into the situation. The identity of the man who was killed has not yet been released.

The startling event brought transportation in the nation’s capital to a halt as a major shooting situation brought fear and concern among the Metro’s travelers. The heroic efforts of an off-duty FBI agent helped end what may have been a much greater tragedy for those traveling on the city’s train system.