Matthew Stabley

No Charges Against DC Police in Fatal Shooting of Man Pointing BB Gun at Officers

D.C. police officers will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a man pointing a weapon that turned out to be a BB gun last summer. 

Police shot and killed 63-year-old Sherman Evans in self-defense the night of June 27 near his apartment in northeast D.C., according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.

Police encountered Evans after he called 911 to report a man with a gun in the 100 block of Varnum Street NE, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

"Yes, miss, look. Uh, uh, it's a man out in front of the building brandishing a gun," he said. "It's a man out in front of the building brandishing a gun."

Officers found Evans standing on the sidewalk with a weapon pointed toward the ground, the U.S. Attorney's Office said, but he repeatedly raised the barrel of the gun and pointed it at police.

Officers repeatedly ordered him to drop the gun, but after several minutes, Evans pointed the gun at police again and moved toward them, at which point police shot him, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

He was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.

Evans was shot once in the right forearm, once in the right buttock and once in the chest, which possibly was a reentry wound from the bullet that struck his arm, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

His weapon was a Marksman Repeater .177-caliber BB gun almost identical to a real firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The investigation determined the 911 call was made from Evans' phone and his voice was authenticated.

The investigation, which included police body camera video, found the officers did not use excessive force when they shot Evans, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

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