Washington, DC police posted a video Thursday showing the incident involving Deon Kay, a black man who was shot dead by police officers during protests in the city on Wednesday. Investigators said Kay brandished a gun during the encounter.
A Metropolitan Police Department statement released at the same time as the video said officials responded to a report by a man with a gun shortly after 3:45 p.m. Wednesday when they discovered several people in a parked vehicle in southeast DC the police said.
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“Mr. Deon Kay got out of the vehicle and started running on foot,” the statement said, adding that officers were running after him. “An officer watched Mr. Kay brandishing a gun, and then the officer dismissed his service weapon once and struck Mr. Kay in the chest. “
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Police footage, which begins approximately 1 minute and 15 seconds after the video begins, shows officers pull up and stop while an officer storms out of the vehicle and starts running.
“Don’t move,” he yells repeatedly.
The officer then seems to turn around and finds the man, who is wearing a white shirt and dark trousers, closer from his side.
A single shot is fired as the man falls to the ground.
Someone then yells, “He threw it down there.”
The footage is then shown in slow motion, which police say shows Kay carried a gun in her right hand. Kay, 18, was taken to a district hospital where he later died.
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The US Attorney’s Office for Washington DC and the MPD’s Use of Force Review Board are currently reviewing the shooting. The officers involved in the shooting were taken on administrative leave, according to the police.
The murder resulted in a night-time clash between police and dozens of protesters outside a city police station.
The Metropolitan Police Department said shortly after the shooting that Kay was one of two people who fled Wednesday afternoon when uniformed officers approached her investigating reports of a man with a gun in the area.
The local subsidiary of Black Lives Matter called for immediate protests outside the MPD headquarters in the 7th district, stating in a tweet: “The DC police murdered a black man today.”
Videos posted on social media later on Wednesday evening showed dozens of angry protesters huddling with a line of police officers using bicycles to create a barrier in front of the train station.
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The shooting comes as the police killing of blacks has sparked protests across the country and calls for a major police reform that prompts the DC Council to make local efforts to make such incidents more transparent.
In June, following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, the council passed an emergency law requiring the MPD to disclose within five days any body camera footage of fatal shootings or incidents of violence. The department must also publish the names of the officers involved.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.