An FBI agent was shot and killed by a mob on a train platform in Washington, DC, on Wednesday night, police said.
A special agent and a man got into an argument and fell eight feet from a platform at the Metro Center around 6:20 p.m. The agent shot and killed the man multiple times, D.C. police said at a news conference.
D.C. Assistant Chief of Police Ashan Benedict said the man who was killed appears to have started an argument, and the agent, whom he described as a “veteran,” is believed to be the victim.
The man “attacked” the agent and the couple got into an argument. One grabbed the other and both went over the wall and fell to a lower walkway away from the tracks, Benedict said.
The fight continued downstairs until an off-duty agent drew his gun and shot the other man.
It is not known if the slain man had a firearm. When a press conference was held about two hours later, no weapon had been found.
The agent was taken to the district hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
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The sound of gunfire caused panic among commuters through the busy station, and service along the Red Line was suspended.
According to witnesses, they saw dozens of people running out of the station and strangers fell to the ground when they heard gunshots, according to social networks.
At least one train continued straight through the station without stopping after the conductor apparently heard the gunshots.
“We are very grateful for the quick response and careful attention of our rail operator who was shot by police tonight. @wmata Metro Center saved customers from potential danger,” Metro CEO and COO Randy Clark tweeted.
DC police are investigating the shooting with assistance from the FBI.