Police Shooting Victim Was Suicidal, Mourning Loss of Partner
The man shot by D.C. police in his home this morning was gay and "had been suffering from bipolar disorder and had become severely depressed when his domestic partner died last year," an unidentified neighbor told Lou Chibbaro Jr. of the Washington Blade. Chabbaro reported more information on the police shooting this afternoon:
The man, whom police say they shot after he threatened officers as a knife, is identified by Chibbaro as David Kerstetter. He was shot in his home at 1325 13th St. NW.
Police declined to identify the victim nor give further comment on the case, but the neighbor confirmed Kerstetter's identity and told the Blade that the victim "had severe mental problems," and had tried to commit suicide in the past The neighbor added that the police were contacted after his mother had called the building, concerned that "she couldn’t reach him by phone." Police entered Kerstetter's home this morning and shot him after he threatened them with a knife, the neighbor says.