Fatal Hijacking Of DC Metrobus Ends In Violent Arrest [VIDEO]

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A pedestrian captured video of the moment police closed in on the hijacker of a D.C. Metrobus who’s brief rampage down the streets of northwest Washington left a gas station employee dead.

The hacker allegedly boarded the bus and threatened the driver with an unidentified weapon before taking the wheel and driving off. He quickly crashed the bus, fatally running over a gas station employee in the process. Cell phone footage captured Tuesday shows police approach the bus with guns drawn and part of the arrest, which the man allegedly resisted violently.

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities reviewed the Metrobus tape, and MPD identified the hijacker as 30-year-old Keith James Loving, a black man from northeast D.C. Police charged him with second-degree murder in connection with the man identified as 40-year-old Anthony Payne who was fatally struck by the bus as it came crashing into a gas station parking lot.

Passengers were able to escape through the back exit of the Metrobus as the hijacking took place, as was the bus driver, who still managed to hit an emergency button calling police before he exited. The hijacking unfolded on Minnesota and Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenues in northeast D.C. The bus reportedly caused several accidents before striking Payne and coming to a stop.

“It’s a bizarre incident,” Lanier told NBC4. “The whole incident occurred in less than three minutes. He was violent and resisting the officers when they took him off the bus.”

Gas station employees who knew the victim described him as a nice man. Anthony Payne was taking out the trash when the Metrobus fatally stuck him.

“He’s honest,” Isas Haile, a gas station employee told NBC4. “He’s very good guy. He’s good person.”

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