Gunman in Wharf shot dead by off-duty DC cop: report

A man who police say brandished a gun in DCā€™s southwest neighborhood known as The Wharf on Saturday was allegedly shot dead by an off-duty DC police commander leaving dinner at a nearby restaurant .

Police Commander. Jason Bagshaw, a 20-year-old force veteran, shot Lazarus David Wilson at least twice, killing the 23-year-old after he refused to drop a gun he was pointing, according to officials who spoke anonymously with the Washington Post.

Cmdt. Bagshaw was not in uniform.

The shooting happened on Saturday evening along The Wharf, a popular nightlife area with heavy foot traffic that includes prominent bars and restaurants. Police say Mr Wilson drove to The Wharf from Dumfries, Virginia with another man and had a confrontation with a group of young men.

Police have not officially identified Cmdr. Bagshaw.

The Post reported that the dispute between Mr. Wilson and the young men was potentially over the sale of watches. A bag containing $30,000 in cash was found on Mr. Wilson.

The shooting came at a time when the city is seeing a spike in homicides and the country has seen gun violence occur in crowded public places.