Suspect injured in DC police-involved shooting

WASHINGTON — A man was injured in a police-involved shooting in Northwest D.C. on Wednesday night after he failed to lower his handgun, according to police.

Kenneth Burley, 28, of Southeast D.C., has non-life-threatening injuries following the shooting. He was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault on a police officer and felon in possession of a firearm, according to police.

D.C. police detectives are investigating the shooting that happened around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday when police spotted Burley holding a handgun in the 700 block of Park Road Northwest, according to a news release. D.C. has gun laws that restrict concealed-carry permits.

Burley was immediately given verbal commands to drop the weapon, but ignored their commends and raised the gun toward the officer speaking to him, police said.

The officer then fired his weapon, striking Burley, according to the release. Burley then fled the scene but was quickly apprehended by the officers.

D.C. gun laws regulate the sale and purchase of firearms and ammunition. For permits to carry concealed firearms, applicants must undergo two hours of training at a gun range and complete a 16-hour safety course. In addition, applicants must provide a “good reason” for carrying a handgun, such as fearing for their safety. D.C. does not recognize concealed-carry permits from other states.

Pursuant to department policy, the officer was placed on administrative leave.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact police at (202) 727-9099.

Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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