Around 9:20 last night a Special Police Officer was involved with a “confrontation” with a suspect on the 1400 block of Girard. The officer shot at the suspect and the suspect was pronounced dead. Man. I was in the area around 9 pm last night (Pete’s Apizza, yum) and don’t know quite what to make of this: are we to be glad that the police officer was there or are we going to see that this was a case of unnecessary use of force by police? I guess we’ll find out as the details of the incident become clear.

UDPATE: The victim, if that’s the right word, has been identified as 31-year-old Michael Dwayne Parker. This WUSA 9 article reports that the Special Police Officer is employed by a private company, and that the US Attorney’s Office is reviewing the shooting. Sounds kind of fishy to me.