Jury Selection Begins for Officer Accused of Shooting Trans Women

Kenneth Furr accused of opening fire on five people as he stood on the hood of their car

Monday, Oct 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:35 AM EDT
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Officer Held Without Bond in Off-Duty Shooting

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Kenneth Furr appears in court.

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Officer Held Without Bond in Off-Duty Shooting

D.C. police Officer Kenneth Furr acted recklessly and dangerously when he allegedly fired five shots at a group of people at close range, prosecutors said. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.)
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Jury selection will begin Monday in the trial of former MPD Officer Kenneth Furr, who is accused of opening fire on five people as he stood on the hood of their car.

Furr has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the August 2011 incident. Authorities say he used his service weapon to fire through the windshield of a car, striking two transgender women and their male friend.

All three suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

According to an affidavit, the incident began when Furr, who was off-duty, allegedly solicited one of the transwomen for sex at a CVS, and got angry when she said no.

Furr then allegedly threatened her male companion and showed him a gun. The companion reported it to an off-duty police officer working security at the CVS, located at 400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The guard spoke with Furr, who told him he was also on the police force. The security guard decided he didn't need to intervene further, according to court documents.

The woman and her male friend followed Furr in their car when he left the CVS. Also in their car were three other friends. The driver told authorities he was hoping to be able to again report Furr for threatening them.

Near First and Pierce streets NW, Furr stopped his vehicle, getting out and pointing his gun at the other car, court documents say. The driver ducked and crashed into Furr's vehicle. Officers in the area heard both the crash and gunshots. They found Furr on standing on the hood of the victims' vehicle, pointing his gun at the windshield, authorities said.

Furr was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and driving while intoxicated. A breath test determined he had a blood alcohol level of 0.15, court documents said.

"These are serious charges, and they are particularly disturbing to have been brought against one who is sworn to protect and serve," Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement in August.

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