19-Year-Old Germantown Man Fatally Shot By Secret Service Officers at Residence of Peruvian Embassy Ambassador After Report of Burglary in Progress

A 19 year old Germantown man, identified as Gordon Casey, was fatally shot by United States Secret Service officers following a call for a burglary in progress on Wednesday, April 20th at the residence of a Peruvian Embassy Ambassador in the 3000 block of Garrison Street, NW DC.

According to a press release from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the Secret Service officers arrived to find multiple broken windows and located Casey, armed with a metal pole, in the backyard of the residence. Officers gave multiple commands to Gordon to drop the weapon. One USSS officer discharged their department issued electronic control device (ECD) towards the suspect, but the device did not take effect on the suspect. Two additional USSS officers discharged their service pistols striking the suspect. After lifesaving efforts, Casey was pronounced deceased.

Police has not mentioned if there is any connection between Casey and the Peruvian Embassy. Casey’s girlfriend told NBC Washington that Casey had just lost his job and was having a mental health crisis prior to the incident. “Just hours before his death, she said she saw him “in the middle of Connecticut Avenue … (he was) just walking back and forth. He was really paranoid.”

The full press release can be seen below:

“Agents from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Force Investigations Team, in conjunction with the United States Secret Service (USSS), are investigating a fatal officer involved shooting incident that occurred on Wednesday, April 20, 2022, in the 3000 block of Garrison Street, Northwest.

At approximately 7:57 am, members of the United States Secret Service, Uniformed Division, responded to the occupied residence of the Peruvian Embassy Ambassador for the report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival, USSS officers noticed multiple broken windows and located the suspect, armed with a metal pole, in the backyard of the residence. USSS officers gave multiple commands to the suspect to drop the weapon. One USSS officer discharged their department issued electronic control device (ECD) towards the suspect. The device did not take effect on the suspect. Two additional USSS officers discharged their service pistols striking the suspect. DC Fire and EMS responded to the scene and after all lifesaving efforts, the suspect was pronounced deceased and remained on scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The suspect has been identified as 19 year-old Gordon Casey, of Germantown, Maryland.

This incident remains under investigation by the Metropolitan Police Department and the United States Secret Service. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.”

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