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‘I Need Bodycam Footage': Police Shoot, Kill Man in Northwest DC

Police received reports about a vehicle directly related to the first shooting that fled the scene before the driver and passengers were confronted by officers on Madison Street NW

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D.C. police shot and killed a man in Northwest on Saturday after an earlier shooting left two people injured, authorities said.

The decedent was identified by police as 31-year-old Kevin Hargraves-Shird, of Southeast D.C.

A woman named Serena told News4 he was her brother and that she will push for transparency from authorities.

"There should have been another way that this should've been handled," she said. "I'm not an officer. I don't know what they were thinking, but I need to see. And if it's not fair, then I'm going to fight for this one."

People in two cars headed north on Georgia Avenue NW at about 4 p.m. Saturday opened fire for an unknown reason on a group of people walking on Longfellow Street NW. The pedestrians returned fire, Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict said.

Two people suffered injuries in that shooting that were not life-threatening and were taken to hospitals, he said. Police were looking for a black sedan and green sedan.

As officers were canvassing the scene, "citizens called in a vehicle with multiple guns being brandished and being strewn about," Benedict said.

Police believe those reports were about a third vehicle that was directly related to the shooting and occupied by "three armed suspects ... seen hiding weapons." Authorities said an officer followed that car to the intersection of Second and Madison streets NW, where the occupants got out and fled.

"The officer observed one of the suspects armed with a handgun, and then the officer discharged their service weapon, striking the suspect," police said.

Benedict said the man did not comply with commands, and the officer fired once, hitting him. He was taken to a hospital with critical injuries and later died.

Authorities say a shooting in D.C. that injured two people led to a police shooting minutes later. News4's Mauricio Casillas reports.

“I need bodycam footage. I need to know what happened. I need to see everything that happened from the point of engagement. I need to know what happened to my brother," Serena said.

She said the hospital told her that her brother had succumbed to his injuries.

"[An] internal affairs detective wound up showing me a picture of his ID once they pronounced him dead in the hospital,” she said.

The officer was not injured, and the other people in the car were not detained, police said.

D.C. police recovered four firearms Saturday, one they said they believe is an automatic weapon. One of those firearms was next to Hargraves-Shird, police said.

“Folks, we’ve had a rough few days here. Since Wednesday, we’ve had 13 shootings, 21 victims and ... five fatalities in that number," Benedict said. "Our detectives are working diligently with our partners in city government .. to see if there's a pattern or something we can do to help quell the violence."

The assistant chief commended the public for passing on information that led them to the car involved in the initial shooting. Others with information are asked to contact authorities at 202-727-9099 or send an anonymous text to 50411.

The shootings follow a day of deadly violence in the District, when at least one person was killed and five others were shot within 30 minutes on Friday night. 

Three double shootings were reported — one each in Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. The name of a man fatally shot on Alabama Avenue SE was not immediately released.

The number of people to die in homicides in D.C. so far this year is up 11% compared to the same time last year, with 124 people killed, D.C. police data shows. Assaults with a dangerous weapon are down 9% and total violent crimes are up 5%.

CORRECTION (Aug. 2, 2022 at 11:05 p.m. EST): This story has corrected the spelling of Kevin Hargraves-Shird's name.

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