DC Officer Shoots, Kills Motorcyclist Who Rammed Cruiser, Police Said

A Metropolitan Police Department officer shot and killed a motorcyclist who rammed into a police cruiser early Sunday morning, police said.

Police said an officer saw a motorcyclist driving recklessly about 4:30 a.m. near the 1700 block of U Street NW. A few minutes later, another officer saw a motorcycle near 3rd and M streets NW that matched the description of the first, police said.

As that officer was getting out of his police cruiser on the passenger side, intending to stop the driver, the motorcyclist intentionally drove into the passenger door, police said.

Police said the officer fired his service weapon, hitting the motorcyclist. The man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The motorcyclist has been identified as Terrence Sterling, 31, of Fort Washington, Maryland.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, per protocol.  He was not seriously injured, police said.

Police said the officer's partner was also placed on administrative leave.

Investigators talked with witnesses at the scene. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.

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