Washington, DC – The DC Metro Police Department (MPD) has released bodycam footage that captured the moment when an armed gang member pulled a gun while running from police on Wednesday afternoon (video below).
The incident occurred at approximately 3:49 p.m. on Sept. 2, after the MPD received a report of a man with a gun in the 200-block of Orange Street Southeast, the department said in the video release.
When they arrived at the scene, officers spotted a group of people in a parked vehicle and started to approach them.
One of the suspects, later identified as 18-year-old Deon Kay, jumped out of the car and took off on foot when he saw the officers heading in his direction, according to police.
“Don’t move! Don’t move!” one of the officers yelled at the fleeing suspect.
While chasing after Kay, one of the officers saw him pull a gun from his waist, The Washington Post reported.
The officer responded by firing his duty weapon once, striking the armed suspect in the chest as he and the officer turned towards each other, the video showed.
Kay was holding a gun in his right hand when the officer discharged the round, the video showed.
Police said he then threw the firearm away, WTTG reported.
Investigators said they later found the gun in the grass 98 feet away from where the shooting occurred, according to WRC.
The suspect fell to the ground as other officers ran up, the video showed.
He was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds, WRC reported.
The second suspect who ran from police has not been located, according to The Washington Post.
Investigators said they recovered two firearms at the scene – one that Kay had been carrying, and one that they found on a second suspect.
MPD is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on 9/2/20 in the 200 block of Orange Street, SE in which an officer shot at 18 year-old Deon Kay after he brandished a firearm at responding officers.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 3, 2020
Officers ultimately arrested 19-year-old Marcyelle Smith for allegedly carrying a pistol without license, and 18-year-old Deonte Brown on a charge of having no permit, WTOP reported.
The officer-involved shooting is pending review by the MPD’s Use of Force Review Board and by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, police said in the video release.
Photos and videos showing Kay and other men armed with handguns pointing weapons at the camera have been widely shared on social media since the incident.
MPD Chief Pete Newsham said that Kay was a member of a local gang who had run-ins with the police in the past, WTTG reported.
Chief Newsham said the department made it a point to release the bodycam footage as quickly as possible due to concerns about rumors and misinformation that had already begun circulating.
“The video has been put out so that everyone can go and look for themselves,” the chief said, according to WRC. “You can stop it frame by frame and make your own determination.”
Kay’s mother, Natasha Kay, told reporters on Wednesday that she and her son live just blocks away from where the shooting occurred, according to The Washington Post.
“They took my baby! They just took my baby from me,” she told the paper. “I need my son back. I want my son back.”
News of the officer-involved shooting spread quickly, and angry protesters soon congregated outside the MPD’s Seventh District station to demand more details about what had occurred, WRC reported.
Officers wearing bike helmets used their bicycles to help block the mob from entering the station’s front doors, according to The Washington Post.
Police also shut down sections of Irving Street Southeast and Alabama Avenue as the group converged on the station.
The crowd of approximately 100 people hurled profanities at the officers and raised their fists in the air as they demanded “justice” for the death of the armed gang member.
“You’re about to lose your job, because you’re killing us for no reason,” one protester yelled outside of the police station, according to WJLA.
DC Councilman Trayon White Sr. told reporters before the footage was released that citizens are “concerned about a young man being shot,” as well as claims from residents that the incident didn’t occur the way police said it had, The Washington Post reported.
It is unclear whether or not those residents actually witnessed the officer-involved shooting, White acknowledged.
“I want to get the truth out about what happened,” White told reporters. “We need to figure out what the facts are. We are concerned.”
Nearly two dozen protesters showed up at DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s home during the night, according to News2Share.
Police said that Bowser said she did not want any “guests” and to keep the crowd off of her property, so the protesters began pounding on her neighbors’ doors instead, according to the news outlet.
Beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, a group of protesters marched along 16th Street Northwest, demanding that Chief Newsham be fired over Kay’s death, WRC reported.
“I’m a black person living in this city. I’m tired of seeing people like me get murdered,” a protester wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt told the news outlet. “I’m tired of the mayor not being accountable for it. I’m tired of, like, Peter Newsham and his gang of killer cops that are terrorizing the city.”
Around 60% the officers in MPD are black.
During the press conference with Chief Newsham on Tuesday, Bowser told reporters that the city has offered to provide Kay’s mother with counseling services, WRC reported.
“We are very sorry for her loss,” the mayor said. “She has our condolences.”
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language: