Sherman Evans, 63

Washington, District of Columbia
June 27, 2016

Agencies: Metropolitan Police Department District of Columbia

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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Last updated: almost 4 years ago


63 year-old Sherman EVans was shot and killed by police officers near The Catholic University of America late Monday, June 27, 2016 after he raised a weapon that later was found to be a BB gun, police said.
Evans died in a hospital after the confrontation with officers just west of the university, police said.

Officers were called to the 100 block of Varnum Street NE about 10:30 p.m. On a walkway between two apartment buildings, they found Evans with a gun, police said. Officers ordered him to drop the gun, but he refused and raised it, police said. The officers opened fire and shot Evans multiple times.

Neighbor Madeline Pautler said she heard someone say, "Drop the gun!" before hearing gunshots. Evans was rushed in critical condition to a hospital, where he died. Police then found the weapon he held was a BB gun.

Friends said Evans suffered from depression after his wife died. Investigators said they were exploring the possibility that Evans intended to commit "suicide by cop."

On July 7, 2016, police released the bodycam video of the killing embedded below.