Published on Sep 03, 2020
D.C. Police released body camera footage Thursday afternoon of an officer fatally shooting 18-year-old Deon Kay.
The body camera video from the perspective of officer Alexander Alvarez shows him approaching a vehicle officers were looking for.
Alvarez and other officers were working on a tip that a social media live-streamed video showed guns inside that vehicle, according to MPD Chief of Police Peter Newsham.
One man is seen running away, prompting Alvarez and other officers behind him to pursue.
Alvarez runs after the two men and is heard yelling "don't move" multiple times. Alvarez runs several feet before turning around, where Kay is seen in between him and the other officers in pursuit.
Kay is holding a gun in his right hand and appears to toss the weapon over Alvarez's head when Alvarez fires a single shot, striking Kay in the chest.
Alvarez is then seen on video searching for the gun that Kay had thrown. He searches in the grass for several minutes, ultimately declaring he found it. Bodycam video never shows the gun in the grass, but Chief Newsham says the weapon had traveled 98 feet from Kay.
"He tossed it down there, he tossed it down there," one officer is heard saying to Alvarez, pointing to a green hilly space near stairs. Alvarez then is heard calling for assistance, saying "shots fired shots fired."