WASHINGTON (DC News Now) — The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) said its officers and members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) were at the Fort Totten Metro Station in Northeast late Thursday night after a shooting there.
MTPD said the incident happened shortly before 11 p.m. Initially, it appeared that a teenage boy and a man were fighting over a gun when the gun went off.
On Friday, MTPD said that there was fight involving a group of people. One of them tried to pull out a gun, when he and one of the other people began to struggle for it. The gun fell on the ground. Someone else in the group, the teenager, picked it up and shot the man involved in the struggle.
That’s when a special police officer confronted the teenager. They exchanged gunfire. The teenager was hit. The officer chased him out of the station and detained him. Police said officers recovered the gun the teenager had at the fare gates.
The incident prompted the closure of the station through the end of service for the day. The station reopened for passengers around 6:45 a.m. Friday.
MTPD said because a special police officer opened fire, MPD would lead the investigation which is standard when special police use their guns.
The suspect in the shooting was charged with Assault with Intent to Kill and Carrying a Pistol Without a License.