Southeast Man Shot by D.C. Police Officer

by: Briana Thomas Special to the AFRO
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A Southeast man was taken to the hospital on July 5 after being shot by a police officer in Northwest, police said. Kenneth Burley, 28, was struck by gunfire in the 700 block of Park Road, NW after allegedly raising a gun toward an officer, according to Metropolitan Police Department reports.

According to the police, around 10:20 p.m. a D.C. police officer was on patrol in the area when the officer saw a man holding a handgun. The officer told the man to drop the weapon, but he refused. The man then raised the firearm at the officer, and the officer shot him, striking him at least once, according to Police Chief Peter Newsham.

“The officer ended up discharging his firearm, we don’t know how many times at this point,” Newsham said at a news conference on July 5.

Police said the suspect fled the scene after being struck by gunfire, but was caught by responding officers. The suspect was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Newsham said the suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene.

Burley was arrested on July 6 and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault on a police officer and felon in possession of a firearm, according to police reports.

There have been six officer-involved shootings this year, Sean Hickman, a spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department, told the AFRO on July 10.

Hickman said the officer was not injured in the incident.

Police said the officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave, pursuant to department policy. The identity of the officer has not been made public.

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