A 36-year-old man was killed yesterday by a District of Columbia government special police officer after the man confronted the officer with a hunting knife, D.C. Police reported.

According to police, officer Joseph E. Jones, a 10-year veteran of the special police force, stopped the man shortly after 6 a.m. as he entered the Department of Human Resources at 122 C St. NW.

The officer asked the man, whose identity is unknown, for a pass since the building does not open to the public until 8:15 a.m., according to Maj. Archield Twyman Jr. of the special police force.

The man failed to produce proper identification, but started toward the elevators in the building, Twyman said. The officer confronted the man again and the man pulled out a 12-inch knife, he said.

The officer and the intruder got into a scuffle and the officer reached for his revolver and fired several shots, police said.

The intruder was dead on arrival at D.C. General Hospital about an hour after the incident, police said.The man died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office.

Twyman said Jones was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.