WASHINGTON — Only one of two D.C. police officers fired during a fatal struggle with an armed man in the city’s Trinidad neighborhood that was captured on their body cameras Thursday night.
Police recovered a gun at the corner of Morse and Holbrook streets NE that they say Timothy L. Williams, 47, had been carrying, D.C. acting Police Chief Peter Newsham said.
Williams was shot and later pronounced dead at the hospital. Both officers were also shot and injured. One was released from the hospital and the other remained hospitalized on Friday. Newsham called their prognosis “excellent.”
Investigators are still trying to determine whether Williams fired at the officers, Newsham said.
Both officers’ body cameras were rolling during the incident and a decision whether to release the video to the public was under review by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the U.S. attorney’s office, he said,
A witness also captured video of a portion of the incident and posted it on social media. Newsham said that video would join other evidence that is part of the investigation.
The two officers were working as part of a crime suppression unit that aims to remove illegal guns from D.C. streets. Eight illegal guns were confiscated in total across the city on Thursday, including the one police believe that Williams was carrying, Newsham said.
Williams did not have a known address.
The officers have each worked for the District for more than three years.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when officers are involved in a shooting. Their names have not been released.