All sorts of police activity downtown tonight, as there was an apparent police shooting on Colesville earlier this evening. Colesville is presently closed between Spring and Georgia.
According to a Twitter eyewitness, the officer shot the man after the suspect refused to drop a knife he was holding. (No Taser?) Of course, that's just what's on Twitter, so we'll have to wait for confirmation on the details.
(As I type this I am hearing the sound of a police or news helicopter hovering. Whenever I hear that I know something bad is afoot.)
Update: It all started in City Place...
Update #2: The Post has more:
The shooting occurred about 5:15 p.m. outside the City Place Mall on Colesville Road near Georgia Avenue, said police spokeswoman Lucille Baur.
The officer was patrolling in a car when he came upon a dispute between two men. One of them yelled that the other was armed with a knife, Baur said. The officer ordered the man to drop the knife, and came between him and the other man, Baur said.
The officer "put himself in harm's way," Baur said. The man "refused to drop" his weapon and the officer fired, she said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not identified immediately. No age was given.
Baur said the man's weapon"was recovered and was determined to be an icepick." It was not clear how or whether the man was holding the icepick when he was confronted. But the officer "knew he was armed," Baur said.
The nature of the dispute between the two men could not be learned. Baur said that investigators believed that it began inside the mall and continued on the street outside. It was not known if the two knew each other.