Metro Transit Officer Shoots, Kills Man

Incident happened in Prince George's County

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012  |  Updated 10:24 PM EDT
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A man shot and killed by Metro Transit Police Wednesday was one of two men suspected of an attempted kidnapping at a Metro station Sunday.

Erika Gonzalez

A man shot and killed by Metro Transit Police Wednesday was one of two men suspected of an attempted kidnapping at a Metro station Sunday.

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A man was shot and killed by Metro Transit Police today in Lanham. Jackie Bensen reports.
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A Metro Transit Police officer shot and killed a man Wednesday afternoon in Prince George's County. 

Officials said the officer was at a home in the 700 block of Lory Lane in Lanham about 12:30 p.m. investigating a possible attempted abduction at a Metrobus stop in the 4100 block of Minnesota Avenue NW D.C. Sunday evening.

Chester Crestwell, the man who the officer was looking for became combative and exited a house with a gun, Metro told News4's Jackie Bensen.

"The suspect opened fire on the officer," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said. "The officer returned fire, striking the suspect and he was pronounced dead at the scene."

Crestwell, 44, and 39-year-old Franklin Sweeney were suspected in the abduction attempt, according to Metro. Sweeney has been arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping.

There are unconfirmed reports that the deceased tried to run down the officer in a red pickup truck, Bensen reported.

Witnesses told News4 that the back window of the officer's vehicle was shot. Crestwell's car was rammed against the officer's.

Crestwell's friends described him as a loving husband and father of two who read scripture at Canaan Baptist Church in Northwest.

Sources told News4he had a history of disorderly conduct and drug use, News4's Erika Gonzalez reported.

The incident is under investigation. The officer apparently was not injured and is on paid administrative leave.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for more information.

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