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Washington, D.C., Officer Shoots Woman Who Was Carrying A Knife

The shooting happened on Clay Terrace. Video purporting to show the incident quickly circulated on social media.

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We're on the scene of a shooting on the 5300 block of Clay Terrace NE. Police Chief to speak soon #BREAKING @wusa9

A Washington, D.C., police officer shot a woman Saturday as she stood in the street with a knife.

Officer Sean Hickman of the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to BuzzFeed News an officer opened fire at a woman. In a statement, police later said that crews were responding to a fire at about 6:15 p.m. when they received a call about a woman with a knife.

"Upon reaching the location they located a female suspect, who produced a knife and confronted the officers," the statement said. "As the suspect approached them, an officer fired one shot at the suspect, who sustained a gunshot wound."

The statement did not include details about the woman's condition after being shot, but said that as of early Sunday morning she was at a hospital receiving treatment.

Video purporting to show the shooting quickly circulated on social media.

Slim the law just shot somebody around Clay Terrace.. Fuck them crime stoppers


In the video, the woman stands a few feet away from a police officer who has his gun raised. The police officer can be seen speaking — though from the video it isn't clear what he is saying — while the woman steps back and forth. Members of the crowd can be heard yelling for the woman to "put the knife down."

After several seconds, a loud pop can be heard and the camera pans away.

The origin of the video was not immediately clear, though it included a watermark of a Instagram account that was set to private Saturday evening.

Police have not provided the name of the woman who was shot, or the name of the officer who fired his gun.

Chief Lanier giving update-call of fire, PD got call person w knife, woman confronted officer w knife, 1 round fired.

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