Police: Metro Transit officer shoots man suspected in stabbing at Anacostia Metro station

Two men are in the hospital after a separate stabbing and shooting involving a Metro Transit Police officer near the Anacostia Metro station Thursday afternoon.

Police said it happened around 4:30 p.m. on Southeast D.C.’s Howard Road, near Shannon Place.

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee said a fight began on a Circulator bus, seen here, that spilled out on the street. (WTOP/Mike Murillo)

D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee confirmed during a news conference that a Metro Transit Police Department officer shot a man who was stabbing another man at the intersection.

According to Contee, the incident began on a Circulator bus.

“The fight actually occurred on the bus. They got off the bus, they went into the street right behind us, Howard Road. That’s where the stabbing and shooting occurred,” Contee explained.

He said the man began stabbing the other, which led to someone flagging down the Metro Transit Police officer. According to Contee, the officer demanded the man with the knife drop it and when the man refused those commands, the officer opened fire, hitting him.

Both the man who was shot and the man who was stabbed have non-life-threatening injuries. They have both been taken to a hospital where they are receiving treatment.

“We’re thankful that the officer was here, in close proximity, and able to prevent the person who was being stabbed from further injury,” Contee said.

Police are reviewing footage from the vicinity and are conducting an investigation.

WTOP’s Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

Emily Venezky

Emily Venezky is a digital writer/editor at WTOP. Emily grew up listening to and reading local news in Los Angeles, and she’s excited to cover stories in her chosen home of the DMV. She recently graduated from The George Washington University, where she studied political science and journalism.

Luke Garrett

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