WASHINGTON, D.C. — A man died on Christmas Sunday after police say he ignored an officer’s commands to drop a knife he was armed with, and was shot as a result.
The shooting took place in the 3200 block of Walnut Street, Northeast. The officers were responding to a domestic disturbance when they say they came upon the man, who was armed with a knife.
The officers ordered him to drop the weapon, and they say he ignored them, causing at least one officer to discharge his weapon into the man, who was identified as Gerald Hall, 29.
Neighbors, who did not want to be identified, said they heard several shots from the home just before noon. A few said they didn’t realize there was a problem at the home until they heard the gunshots.
Police would not discuss the argument that brought them to the house initially or comment on whether or not there was a history of domestic violence at the address.
Hall was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, where he later died. The knife was recovered on the scene.
The officer who fired the shots has been placed on administrative leave, and Internal Affairs responded to the scene and is currently investigating. The officers wore body cams during the shooting, and the footage will be reviewed as part of the investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099