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Police cars block all entrances to the Metro Center station after a person was killed in an FBI-involved shooting.

Off-duty FBI agent shoots person at Metro Center

Passengers report diving for cover after gunfire erupts on the train platform

One person is dead after an altercation with an off-duty FBI agent at the Metro Center Metro station, according to D.C. police. 

At approximately 6:21 p.m., the unidentified shooting victim reportedly grabbed the off-duty agent near the 11th and G St. entrances and pushed them against a side wall near the Glenmont platform on the upper Redline. 

Both people fell eight feet down to the Blue, Orange and Silver line platform, where the agent shot and killed the suspect, according to D.C. Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict. 

Metro service was temporarily suspended on the Red line but reopened after clearing the scene. However, Red line service continues to experience delays.

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Police guard the scene where two men fell eight feet past a platform wall

Benedict said the off-duty agent was a veteran special agent assigned to FBI headquarters. The agent is now receiving treatment for minor injuries at a nearby hospital 

Witnesses took to Twitter to describe what they saw, including some people on the train arriving at the Glenmont track. 

@megan_gamble posted that the conductor did not stop at the track once the shots were fired and chose to continue straight to the Gallery Place stop. She said that everyone on the train took cover on the ground as they thought the shots were coming from inside the car. 

Another person commented that they were almost pushed into the oncoming train as people ran to safety. 

19-year-old Olivia Graban was near the shooting scene when she and a friend were returning from the downtown holiday market. 

She said she didn’t witness the shooting, but as she approached the station, she saw police around all the exits.

“It’s really scary, honestly,” she said. “It’s a lot more police than I’ve ever seen.” 

In 2020, another off-duty FBI agent, Eduardo Valdivia, shot and killed a man who threatened him on a Metro train headed for Bethesda Medical Center. 

Earlier this month, Valdivia was acquitted of attempted second-degree murder when the jury found the shooting was self-defense. 

As D.C. Police continue investigating the attack at Metro Center, representatives from WMATA say that delays may continue on the Red line throughout the night.

Alexandra Rivera

Alexandra Rivera is a graduate journalism student at American University. She specializes in Broadcast journalism and works with investigative data in the Washington Post Practicum class. She covers the Southwest Waterfront and Navy Yard communities for The Wash. Previously, she was an intern at North Country Public Radio in Upstate New York.

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