Washington, D.C. police officers shot a black man who was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital Wednesday afternoon, according to police and activists.
Metropolitan Police Department officers were “following up on some information” in the southeast part of the city when the shooting occurred, MPD Police Chief Peter Newsham told reporters at a press conference following the shooting.
When the officers approached the vehicle in question, some of the individuals fled the scene on foot, Newsham said. Police then shot the unnamed man and recovered two firearms at the crime scene, Newsham said.
Newsham said the man who was shot was believed to have been armed at the time.
“At this point we’ve recovered two firearms from the scene,” Newsham said. “We believe the subject had a gun at the time.”
Newsham said it remains to be seen why the officers fired upon the fleeing man.
The local Black Lives Matter chapter called for protests following the shooting. (RELATED: Kenosha Riots Have Destroyed $2 Million In City-Owned Property)
“WE’RE ON OUR WAY,” Black Lives Matter D.C. tweeted.
BREAKING! @DCPoliceDept shot someone in S.E.!!! MLK Ave. SE & MELLON St. SE!!!!
NO WAY THEY GET AWAY WITH THIS. DON’T LET THE MEDIA BLACK THIS OUT LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO!!!
DONT LET MPD CONTROL THE NARRATIVE!
WE’RE ON OUR WAY.
— Black Lives Matter DC (@DMVBlackLives) September 2, 2020
The group later posted a flyer calling for action, which said “D.C. police murdered a black man today.” It called for a 9 p.m. protest in the area of the shooting.
“As far as I know, it’s a young man,” said D.C. councilmember Trayon White following the shooting.
“I would assume that he was shot in the back, which disturbs me,” he added.
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“I have spoken to his mother, his brother and his sister,” White said. “Right now we really want to make sure they’re good, the community is good because this is a tragedy all the way around the board.”
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