Metro Transit Police fatally shoot man in Potomac Avenue station’s tunnel

13 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

DC transit police fatally shoot man found on subway tunnel tracks; station reopens.

WASHINGTON — A transit police officer fatally shot a man officials said was found trespassing in a Washington subway tunnel, and police were investigating Friday but did not specify what kind of threat the man posed. Metro, which did not immediately respond to requests for information, said on Twitter that trains were single-tracking from Eastern Market to Stadium Armory due to “police activity” at Potomac Avenue, the Blue, Orange, and Silver Line station in between those two. The Metrorail Operations Control Center reported an “unauthorized person” on the tracks Thursday night outside of the Potomac Avenue station, about two stops from the U.S. When police arrived, they found the man 400 feet east of the station, and an officer, a woman, fired multiple shots, according to Metro’s spokesman Dan Stessel. Dozens of officers surrounded the station entrance at 14th Street and Potomac Avenue SE, and crime-scene technicians were taking their gear down the escalator into the station.

That man — who authorities later identified as Chester Joseph Crestwell Jr. of Lanham — was armed and allegedly fired several times at the detective, officials said. On Thursday, Metro’s board of directors stopped its nationwide search for a new general manager so it could sort out what type of leader it needed to help fix the agency’s financial problems, safety issues and reputation.

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