Who is Deon Kay? (fatally shot by Washington, D.C. police) Biography, Wiki
Deon Kay was an 18-year-old who was killed this week in an officer-involved shooting in Southeast Washington, D.C., was shot in the chest while holding a gun in his hand, body camera footage released Thursday revealed.
Deon Kay was killed Wednesday afternoon after police arrived in the 200 block of Orange Street to investigate a report of a man brandishing a gun.
Authorities say when police arrived on the scene, they encountered individuals standing around a vehicle. When the suspects saw the officers, they fled on foot.
During the pursuit of the suspects, police said Mr. Kay brandished a firearm and an officer responded by firing his gun, hitting him in the chest. He died later at an area hospital.
Kay, who turned 18 last month, was identified by family members, the newspaper added.
Officers initially responded to a report of a man with a gun, the department indicated in the release. The authorities found several people in and around a car. Two of the “suspects” then fled on foot.
Kay brandished a gun during the pursuit and one of the officers “discharged their firearm one time, striking the suspect” in response, the release said.
The 18-year-old was transported by DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries, the department indicated in the release. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The other suspect was not recovered, The Washington Post added.
All officers who were involved have been placed on administrative leave per the department’s policy, it noted in its release.
The case is currently under investigation, officials added.
According to The Washington Post, a couple of city officials promised to release body camera footage of the encounter.
They told the newspaper that at least two officers are seen in the video approaching the described car in a parking lot. They also confirmed seeing the following “foot chase.”
Kay is then shown pulling a gun from his waist as an officer runs past the vehicle, the officials said.
Footage capturedthe other officer firing and striking the 18-year-old in the chest, The Post reported.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) September 2, 2020
A crowd of protesters seeking justice for the 18-year-old began to gather around 8:30 p.m. outside of the police department, ABC7 reported.
Many chanted “move back” to the officers who came out to confront them, the station said.
One protester was heard saying, “You about to lose your job, because you’re killing us for no reason,” ABC7 documented.
The hashtag #JusticeForDeon started trending on Twitter the night of September 2 and into the following morning, with over 10,000 tweets.
Many users called for the defunding of police, while others contrasted Kay’s death to the police response of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse.
— Anna-Lysa Gayle (@AnnaLysaGayle) September 2, 2020
One user expressed that police should be better trained in deescalating situations rather than resorting to violence, writing:
“I’m tired of demonizing victims of violence and justifications for murder. There is no reason the cops should be shooting someone, or exerting themselves physically. Idc if he has a criminal record. Idc if he even had a gun. No justification for being shot in the back. #DeonKay”
I’m tired of demonizing victims of violence and justifications for murder. There is no reason the cops should be shooting someone, or exerting themselves physically. Idc if he has a criminal record. Idc if he even had a gun. No justification for being shot in the back. #DeonKay pic.twitter.com/7BnOE4HTOs
— Baewulf (@j_bae_0) September 3, 2020
— Cecilia Okoye (@SilkOkoye) September 3, 2020
This is Deon Kay.
He was shot and killed in the back by police in Washington D.C as he was running. There was no reason to kill this child.
Tonight we are once again asking for justice for a police involved shooting.
We are reminded again that we need to defund the police. pic.twitter.com/Fu3Rc1kKyG
— New York Socialist (@berniebromanny) September 3, 2020