26 January, 2009


January 26, 2009



(Washington, DC) – The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal police involved shooting which occurred on 7th Street, NE this morning.

At approximately 10:40 am on Monday, January 26, 2009, members assigned to the department’s First District responded to a residence located in the 800 block of 7th Street, NE to investigate the trouble. Upon arrival, they heard sounds of an assault in progress and forced their way into the premises. Once inside they were confronted by a man armed with a metal pole and a large kitchen knife, who allegedly had stabbed someone inside of the residence. Reportedly, the suspect rushed the officers and began to strike one of them with the metal pole. It was at this time that the officer, who was being assaulted, in fear for his safety and the safety of others, was forced to discharge his weapon, striking the suspect once. D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department personnel responded to the scene, but they could find no life signs. The suspect, who has been identified as 36-year-old Osman Aydarus Abdullahi was pronounced dead on the scene by a representative from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia. His remains were then transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

The person the suspect allegedly assaulted was taken to an area hospital where he was admitted for treatment of apparently non-life-threatening stab wounds. His identity is being withheld because he is a witness in the case.

The officer who discharged his service handgun has been with the Metropolitan Police Department for seven years and is currently assigned to the First District. He has been placed on routine administratively leave with pay at this time pending the outcome of the investigation. His name is being withheld at this time.

The case is currently under investigation by members of the department’s Force Investigations Team. No further information is currently available.

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