A 45-year-old Capitol Cab driver shot and killed a passenger in his cab Sunday night in Southeast Washington after the man reportedly produced a gun and tried to rob the driver, police said.
Andrew Kebe, 23, of 2363 Ainger Pl. SE, was dead on arrival at Greater Southeast Community Hospital. The driver, Winfred Daniels, was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where he was treated for multiple lacerations suffered during the incident and released, police said.
Daniels told police he picked up a fare in the 2800 block of 23rd Street SE. He said the passenger produced a gun almost immediately and demanded money. Officers said that Daniels told them he shot the passenger once in self-defense.
D.C. homicide detectives said they plan to present the case to a grand jury. Daniels has not been charged with any violation.
Capitol Cab's office manager, Bessie Jones, said yesterday that assaults have become commonplace among the firm's 1,200 drivers.
"Our cabbies have been robbed, shot, stabbed, everything," Jones told a reporter. "Just a couple months ago, one lost his eye." She said that "the company does not condone carrying weapons" despite the frequency of incidents of violence.
Daniels has rented a cab from the firm since March 1980. Police did not provide Daniels' address, but Jones said company records listed him as living in the 100 block of Division Avenue NE. He could not be reached for comment.