A D.C. police officer shot and killed a young man Wednesday afternoon in Southeast, and according to police, guns were recovered from the scene.
It was one of two shootings that involved D.C. police officers on Wednesday in the city. The other shooting did not result in any injuries, and the suspects are still wanted by police.
Around 4 p.m., police responded on Orange Street Southeast, just east of Joint Base Anacostia, to investigate a man with a gun.
Officers found people in and around a vehicle and upon seeing police, two people fled on foot. One of the persons brandished a gun while being pursued on foot, police said, and an officer fired his gun and wounded the person, identified as 18-year-old Deon Kay, of Southeast.
Kay was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other suspect escaped and was not apprehended.
Police also arrested Marcyelle Smith, 19, of Southeast, on a charge of carrying a pistol without a license; and Deonte Brown, 18, of Southeast, on a charge of having no permit.
Earlier during a news conference, Police Chief Peter Newsham would not comment on why the officer shot while the suspect was running away, saying it would be “improper” to speculate on what prompted the officers to open fire and that an investigation into the shooting would be conducted.
“We believe the suspect had a gun at the time,” Newsham told reporters. Members of the community on the scene disputed that contention, The Associated Press reported.
Police said two guns were recovered from the scene of the shooting.
Multiple streets were closed while officers conducted an investigation.
Alert: Police Activity ⛔️ the below locations until further notice due to an Investigation
⛔️200 Blk of Orange St SE between 2nd St and 4th St SE
⛔️200 Blk of Oakwood St SE between 2nd St and 4th St SE
⛔️2900 Blk of 2nd St SE between Orange St and Oakwood St SE
— DC Police Traffic (@DCPoliceTraffic) September 2, 2020
As part of the Emergency Police and Justice Reform Measure, which the D.C. Council unanimously passed in June 2020, D.C. police are required to release the body-warm camera footage from the incident within 72 hours of the shooting.
A source told WTOP news partner NBC Washington that D.C. police have reviewed body camera footage from the incident.
Anyone with information on what happened should call D.C. police at 202-727-9099.
In the other shooting, Newsham said several officers were potentially shot at on South Capital Street Southwest around 1:30 p.m.
He said that no officers or police cruisers were struck by bullets, and officers couldn’t be completely sure that they were the intended targets of the shooting.
Police are looking for a gold-colored Mercedes with Virginia plates.
WTOP’s Abigail Constantino and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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