Protesters gather outside DC police station after officer fatally shoots person

Protesters gathered outside a D.C. police station Wednesday night after an officer fatally shot a young man earlier in the day.

It was one of two shootings that involved D.C. police officers Wednesday. 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, 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.

On its Facebook page, Black Lives Matter DC told followers Wednesday night to pull up to the 7th District police station on Alabama Avenue Southeast.

The group called the event a “Stop MPD Protest” in a tweet.

WTOP’s Zeke Hartner contributed to this report.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has a master’s degree in interactive journalism from American University and a master’s degree in English Literature from The George Washington University.

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