Potomac Ave. Metro station reopens after fatal shooting

Police tape is stretched across the entrance to the Potomac Avenue Metro station after a man was fatally shot by a Metro police officer Thursday, March 12, 2015. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

WASHINGTON — The Potomac Avenue Metro Station, in Southeast D.C.,  which was closed Thursday night after a man was shot and killed by police officers in a tunnel east of the station, is open Friday morning.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says that Metro police were called to the station shortly before 9 p.m. after a report that there was “an unauthorized person in the tunnel” outside the station. A Metro police officer pursued the man and fatally shot him.

There’s no word yet on the identity of the man, whether he was armed or what prompted the shooting.

“He was pronounced dead on the scene,” Stessel says, on the westbound tracks in the tunnel about 400 feet east of the station.

“The Metropolitan police will be conducting an investigation as well,” Stessel says.

All officers are OK, Metro says, and the officer who shot the man is on paid administrative leave, a routine procedure in the case of a shooting.

The Orange, Blue and Silver lines single-tracked between Eastern Avenue and Stadium-Armory for the rest of the night.


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