WASHINGTON — An officer shot and killed a man who was holding a gun outside the Congress Heights Metro station in Southeast Monday afternoon, D.C. Police said.
The shooting was connected to what authorities described as a barricade situation that took place inside a home in the 1100 block of Mississippi Avenue, Southeast for several hours Monday morning, according to D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee.
Officers were dispatched around 11 a.m. to the Mississippi Avenue residence for a check on the welfare, police said in a release.
Police said the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Vedo Hall, was inside the home holding what they described as a "long gun" with a drum-style magazine attached to it when D.C. Police officers encountered him. When officers came in contact with Hall, police said he was holding a woman against her will.
Around 11:45 am, police declared a barricade. During the incident, police said Hall forced the female victim to leave the residence and fled the scene.
Police then located Hall in the 1300 block of Alabama Avenue, Southeast just after 3 p.m. During the encounter, Hall brandished a firearm and pointed it at the officers. One of the officers discharged their firearm and shot Hall.
D.C. Fire and emergency crews were called to the scene and took Hall to an area hospital where he later died after life-saving efforts.
Chief Contee told WUSA9 that the female victim was found safe, but was still shaken after the incident. She did not report any injuries to the police. Contee said she's currently being interviewed and will be released to her family.
Investigators told WUSA9 that the man and woman were "involved in some type of a relationship."
The MPD members involved have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with MPD policy, police said. Responding officers activated their body-worn cameras. That footage is currently under review.
This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at (202) 727-9099.
This is a developing story that will be updated once more information becomes available. Stay with WUSA9 for the latest.