A Metro Transit Police detective shot and killed a 44-year-old man Wednesday in an exchange of gunfire on a neighborhood street in Lanham as police were investigating an attempted abduction at a D.C. bus stop, transit officials said.
The detective came to the 7100 block of Lory Lane about 12:30 p.m. to follow a lead in the attempted abduction of a woman on Sunday evening, said Dan Stessel, a Metro spokesman. An armed man fired several times at the detective, and the detective returned fire, fatally wounding the gunman, officials said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The detective was not injured.
Authorities did not identify the dead man, but Stessel said he lived in that block and was “a person of interest” in the attempted abduction.
Police were investigating the incident on Sunday in which two people in a Mercedes-Benz approached a woman waiting at bus stop in the 4100 block of Minnesota Avenue NE about 6:15 p.m. The driver identified himself as a police officer, got out of the vehicle and tried to grab the woman, Stessel said.
The woman managed to escape, running onto a U8 bus for safety, and Transit Police were later notified, Stessel said. A witness gave police a license plate number for the Mercedes, which led the detective to Lanham on Wednesday, Stessel said.
Police recovered a handgun at the scene, the spokesman said.
Officials did not identify the detective but said he is a five-year veteran of the force. He was placed on administrative duty while the shooting is being investigated by Prince George’s County police and Transit Police officials.