WASHINGTON (AP) — Police in the District of Columbia are identifying a man they say had a weapon that turned out to be a BB gun when he was fatally shot by an officer.
Police identified the man in a news release late Tuesday as 36-year-old Peter John. They say he had no fixed address.
Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a news conference Monday that the officer tried to stop the mean, who was acting suspiciously, but he fell and the handgun replica BB gun fell from his clothing. She says he didn't comply with the officer's commands.
Lanier says John was black and the officer is white. Race hasn't been raised as a factor in the shooting, but it comes amid a national debate about the deaths of black men at the hands of police.