An officer fatally shot a man in Southeast D.C. Wednesday, police say, prompting protests outside a police station.
The shooting happened just before 4 p.m. in the 400 block of Orange Street SE.
Police Chief Peter Newsham said officers came to the area for a report of guns in a vehicle. When officers approached the vehicle, several people in and near the vehicle started running away, Newsham said.
A man was shot during the incident and later pronounced dead at a hospital, Newsham said.
“We believe the subject had a gun at the time,” Newsham said.
Newsham said police found two weapons at the scene.
Newsham did not further specify why exactly an officer fired and said it was still under investigation.
Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the police department’s 7th District police station on Alabama Ave. SE late Wednesday night and demanded answers about the shooting.
DC Officer Shoots, Kills Man in Southeast.
Demonstrators have gathered at the Metropolitan Police Department’s 7th District station. @jackiebensen is there and she reports tonight at 11 @nbcwashington. #JackieBensen https://t.co/xYSAOSx7XJ pic.twitter.com/fHmo6SOjcp— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) September 3, 2020
Alabama Ave. SE is closed between Knox Place and 24th Street SE for the protests, police said.
Community members decried the shooting and questioned whether the man was armed.
“Unacceptable,” one woman yelled as Newsham wrapped up his news conference.
Sources told News4 investigators had reviewed body camera footage of the shooting.
According to a new D.C. law, police are required to make body cam video available to the victim’s family and the public within five days of the incident.
Police have not identified the man who was killed.
Council Member Trayon White said the victim’s mother told him her son was “a kid” and that he lived about two blocks away from where the shooting happened.