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D.C. Police Chief Says Man Shot By Police Had BB Gun

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The D.C. Council is considering making the District itself a licensed gun dealer, after the city's only licensed gun dealer temporarily closed up shop earlier this year.

Lanier, speaking for the first time about the police-involved shooting on Elvans Road in Southeast D.C., says that in a split second decision, there is no way an officer can tell if a suspect has an actual handgun or a BB gun designed to resemble one.

"It looks very much like a semi-automatic, .45-caliber handgun," says Lanier.

The shooting is under investigation, and Lanier couldn't offer many more details about what happened. Just before the shooting, the department's gun recovery unit was patrolling the neighborhood, after someone reported hearing gunshots, according to Lanier.

Officers saw a man carrying a gun. There was a pursuit, and one of the officers opened fire, she says. The man later died at the hospital.

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