WASHINGTON (AP/WJLA) — No charges will be filed against an off-duty Washington, D.C., police officer who killed a man authorities say was armed.
The U.S. attorney's office told reporters Wednesday that federal prosecutors determined the slain man fired at the officer first. Prosecutors say the officer was walking to a party last year when he got lost and took out his phone to call the host.
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They say 24-year-old D'Quan Young then approached and asked who the officer was calling. They say the ensuing argument escalated when Young pulled out a gun. They say Young shot at the officer, who returned fire.
Authorities haven't released the identity of the officer, who didn't immediately provide a statement to investigators. A department supervisor also failed to immediately report an officer was involved in the shooting.
In May 2018, D.C. Police held a news conference on the fatal shooting near the Brentwood Recreation Center in Northeast Washington.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham's version of events differed from what some witnesses said about what happened when the off-duty officer shot and killed Young.
"We do have information to suggest that it was an exchange of gunfire," said Newsham during the news conference. "Exactly how many rounds were fired by each individual we don't' know at this time. "