A District officer fatally shot a man who crashed a motorcycle into a police cruiser during a traffic stop on Sunday morning, according to authorities.
Police identified the motorcyclist as Terrence Sterling, 31, of Fort Washington, Md.
The incident began about 4:20 a.m. in the Adams Morgan area when police responded to a report of a motorcycle being driven erratically, Assistant Chief Peter Newsham said in a video statement the department posted on social media.
An officer was able to stop the motorcyclist near Third and M streets in Northwest Washington, Newsham said, but the man attempted to flee and ended up hitting the police car.
“When the officer was exiting the passenger side of his marked police cruiser to stop the driver, the motorcyclist intentionally drove into the passenger door and the officer fired his service weapon,” according to a statement from District police.
Sterling was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
When reached by phone at a number listed for Sterling, family members said they were still trying to learn more details of the shooting.
Police did not release the identity of the officer who fired the gun but said he has been placed on routine leave as the investigation continues.