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Off-Duty Cop Shoots Stabbing Suspect at Union Station

 (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
 (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 8:43 p.m. Sunday | A stabbing at Union Station that resulted in shots fired put the area on edge Saturday night.  

“An off duty police officer intervened in a stabbing incident, shooting a suspect. Suspect is in custody,” Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Lt. Sean Conboy wrote in an email at 9 p.m. Saturday night. MPD released more details about the incident Sunday evening. Around 8:15 p.m. Saturday, a woman was “slashed” with a knife by a man, identified as Rashad Bugg-Bey, 25, of Northeast D.C., just outside the Metro station’s
entrance on First Street Northeast. Inside the station area, an off-duty Baltimore County police officer, who was not identified, saw the woman and man coming towards him.  

“As the suspect approached the off-duty officer still brandishing the knife, the officer ordered the suspect to drop the weapon,” said MPD. “The suspect refused to drop the knife.  The off-duty officer shot the suspect and then detained him until assistance arrived.”  

MPD noted that a second woman sustained a gunshot injury that was not life-threatening. Bugg-Bey and the two women were transported to the hospital. Bugg-Bey was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.  

Just after 9 p.m., Metro announced via Twitter that the First Street Southeast entrance to the Red Line station remained closed due to police activity, but the Massachusetts Avenue entrance was open.  

Union Station is just a few blocks north of the Capitol. A spokeswoman for the Capitol Police did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the department’s response to the situation. But Union Station is within the department’s jurisdiction, which is bound by H Street to the north, Potomac Avenue to the South, Third Street to the West and Seventh Street to the East. The stabbing resulting in a shooting was similar to an incident on Sept. 11 at Union Station that put Capitol Hill on alert. In September, a security officer shot a male suspect after the suspect stabbed a woman. The suspect later died.  

The Union Station incident comes as police have enhanced security throughout the District following the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday that left 129 dead. Officials cautioned there were no known threats to the District.


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