Deon Kay is identified as the 18-year-old Washington black man who was fatally shot and killed by police officers on Wednesday during a deadly encounter after protests on Wednesday. Kay is the first person killed by police since police reforms went into effect this summer.
The Washington Police Department said Kay had “brandished a firearm,” prompting protests amid increased nationwide and local scrutiny over police tactics.
Deon Kay’s Footage of Being Shot By Cop
Kay was one of two people who fled Wednesday afternoon when approached by uniformed officers who were investigating reports of a man with a gun in the area, investigators said.
Kay, of Southeast DC, died after a Metropolitan Police Department officer shot him once. Kay was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Metropolitan Police Department is set to release first footage showing the officer-involved shooting that killed Deon Kay the previous day Thursday to the public within days of killing, in line with new police reforms.
The killing prompted a late-night face-off between police and dozens of protesters outside a city police station.
Protesters had gathered Wednesday outside Mayor Muriel Bowser’s home and a police precinct following the shooting, demanding that Police Chief Peter Newsham resign.
Deon Kay Under Investigation
Officers went to “investigate a man with a gun” at about 3:50 p.m. Wednesday when they saw several young men in a vehicle. Two of the men ran and Kay “brandished” a gun, police say.
The shooting happened in the 200 block of Orange Street in southeast DC Wednesday.
Responding officers activated their body-worn cameras, the department said Wednesday night.
The police statement included pictures of the handgun they say Kay had been carrying, as well as the gun of another of his companions who was arrested.
The shooting comes as police killings of Black people have sparked nationwide protests and calls for sweeping police reform, prompting local efforts by the D.C. Council to bring greater transparency to such incidents.