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Off-Duty FBI Agent Fatally Shoots Armed Suspect During Fight Inside DC Metro Center Station

Washington, DC – An off-duty Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent fatally shot an armed suspect during a physical altercation inside the Metro Center station on Wednesday, according to police.

The incident occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 7, WRC reported.

According to the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), 28-year-old Troy Bullock “pushed the FBI agent backwards over a railing on the platform” during an argument, The Washington Post reported.

Bullock also went over the railing, and both men hit the ground approximately eight feet below the Red Line platform.

They landed away from the tracks, police said.

The fight continued after they hit the ground, DCist reported.

The off-duty FBI agent ultimately pulled out a gun and fatally shot Bullock, according to The Washington Post.

Bullock was pronounced dead at the scene, DCist reported.

Police said Bullock was carrying a gun at the time of the shooting, but it is unclear whether the agent was aware he was armed, according to The Washington post.

The agent was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon, DCist reported.

Police said he is a senior member of the FBI, but they did not release his identity.

Details regarding what led up to the physical altercation were not immediately released, The Washington Post reported.

Police also did not disclose what specific threat the agent was facing when he fired his gun at Bullock.

Witness Lisa Crawford said other passengers began “running for their lives” after the sound of gunfire rang out inside the station, WRC reported.

Riders inside the train dropped to the ground to take cover.

“It was very scary,” Crawford said. “I have never seen anything like it.”

Witnesses said at least one train sped through the station without even stopping, The Washington Post reported.

Back on the platform, panicked commuters hid behind escalators or tried to escape from the area altogether.

The MPD is handling the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

The FBI released a statement saying the agency “takes any shooting incident involving or agents or task force members seriously,” and that internal investigators would review the incident, DCist reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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