Gunman shot dead by DC officer dies

A 31-year-old DC man died after being shot by a police officer from the Northwest District of Washington, police said Sunday. Police said the man fled the scene of an earlier shooting on Saturday.

Kevin Hartgraves-Shird, of southeastern Washington, was one of three people in a vehicle that had just left the scene of another shooting around 4 p.m. Saturday, DC police said Sunday in a Press release. Officers had followed the vehicle, a white Kia, after learning that three armed people inside had been “seen hiding weapons”, police said.

A responding officer followed the car to the intersection of Second and Madison streets near Fort Slocum Park.

One or more occupants fled, but a man “engaged” with police, Deputy Police Chief Ashan M. Benedict said Saturday during a briefing at the scene of the shooting by the police. ‘officer.

Benedict said an officer shouted “gun, gun, gun” and gave orders. The officer fired a single shot.

Officers from the DC Police Internal Affairs Bureau’s Force Investigation Team are investigating, Sunday’s statement said. The officer was placed on administrative leave, as per ministry policy.

James Shird, Hartgraves-Shird’s father, declined to comment when reached by phone Sunday night.

Body camera footage of the incident is being reviewed.

Benedict said police recovered a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine that Hartgraves-Shird was carrying and three other firearms from the vehicle. One was a long gun that police say may have had the ability to fire automatically – the continuous firing of bullets as long as the trigger is held.

Details of Hartgraves-Shird’s alleged connection to the earlier shooting – which left two people injured – were not immediately known.

The incident came amid growing concern in the city about gun violence in general, and a spate of serious shootings since Wednesday in particular.

In the recent incidents, at least five people were killed and 16 injured, Benedict said.