A police-shooting in Washington D.C. on Wednesday sparked protests as people initially claimed another unarmed black man was killed by police officers. Police officers pushed back on the narrative and claimed 18-year-old Deon Kay, a known gang member, was armed and drew a weapon at the time of the shooting.
By Wednesday evening, the protests blanketed the city and continued through the night. They also included vandalism and other acts of violence.
Washington D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham looked to correct the record by releasing the bodycam footage of the incident from the officers involved.
“Releasing video on Thursday from the bodycam of the shooting officer, police said patrol officers had been looking for a man reported to be carrying a gun and recognized the suspect from earlier encounters as Kay,” Reuters reports.
When police approached a parked car with Kay inside, he and another suspect jumped out and fled on foot, with officers in pursuit, police Chief Peter Newsham told a news conference.
After chasing one suspect and being outrun, the officer in question told investigators, he turned around to see Kay coming toward him brandishing a pistol. The officer fired the single shot that killed the suspect and saw Kay fling his gun, Newsham said.
The video shows Kay running toward the officer carrying what appears to be a gun in one hand as police are heard shouting, “Don’t move, Don’t move.”
The footage appears to show Kay with a weapon in his hand at the time of the shooting, although the officers claim he threw the firearm. It was later found.
CAUTION: The below video is pixelated but does show the shooting incident.