Officer stabbed, suspect Justin Turner fatally shot in Northeast
William Turner, a retired stone mason from the National Gallery of Art, was attacked by his 28-year-old grandson early this morning - a grandson who is now dead after being shot by police. Police say the suspect also stabbed a D.C. police officer.
"I don't know why he was so angry I don't know he came home like that he seemed to be in a nice mood when he came home,” says Turner, 74.
It was around 6:30 Friday morning in the 3500 block of 17th Street NE Friday morning when Turner says his grandson, Justin Turner, came over, went in the basement and starting working out on punching bag. Turner says he came down to see what the noise was.
"I said okay alright I thought it was the furnace making the noise and he said no I was down punching on the bags,” he says. “I said okay."
Turner says he doesn't understand what happened next. He walked upstairs and his grandson came from behind and started beating him. Turner says he didn’t put up a fight.
He says his grandson then walked out a back door. He says he thought he was going to the kitchen to get a knife. Turner says he got up, went upstairs and told his wife to contact police.
As the officers were approaching the home, the suspect came up from behind and stabbed the officer multiple times, police said. The officer then opened fire on the suspect, killing him.
"Apparently the suspect had already left the house, came up from behind the officers, and attacked the officers," says MPD Chief Cathy Lanier.
The 32-year-old officer, who was stabbed in the back of the neck, has been taken to a local trauma center with serious injuries, police said.
The officer and the suspect were not immediately identified.
Rhonda Forbes lives nearby and knows the grandfather who was also taken to the hospital for minor injuries. It's unclear if the armed suspect lived here with him.
"He's a very nice man," Forbes says
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