Police officer fatally shoots man in Washington

Police officer fatally shoots man in Washington

A D.C. police officer shot and killed a young man in Southeast Washington’s Congress Heights neighborhood, the District’s police chief said.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. in the 200 block of Orange Street SE.

Relatives identified the person killed as Deon Kay, who turned 18 last month. He lived with his mother about a half-mile from where he was shot.

Police late Wednesday said the encounter began when officers responded to a report of a man with a gun and came upon several people in and around a vehicle. They said two of those people ran, one of them displayed a firearm and an officer fired in response.

Two city officials who viewed police body camera video of the incident said at least two officers approached a vehicle in a parking lot and a foot chase began. As one officer ran past the vehicle, the officials said the footage shows Kay pulling a gun from his waist. The officials said the officer fired, appearing to strike Kay in the chest.

City officials said they plan to publicly release the body camera footage as soon as Thursday. In a press release, police included photos of a gun they said Kay was carrying and a firearm they said was recovered from a man arrested at the scene, The Washington Post reported.