A D.C. police officer fired his service weapon, hitting at least one person, during a Friday morning incident according to police.
On Friday afternoon, police said the officer had been charged with driving while intoxicated and assault with a dangerous weapon. Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump identified him as Kenneth Furr, though a press release did not name him.
Furr is not scheduled to appear in court before Saturday at the earliest, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office Spokesman Bill Miller, who said authorities are still determining whether charges will be filed and, if so, what they would be.
Police said Furr, who was off duty, got into “a confrontation” with five individuals.
The release did not specify the reason for the confrontation. During a conference call Friday afternoon organized by Transgender Health Empowerment and Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said a verbal confrontation led to the shooting and a minor collision between cars carrying Furr and some of the other individuals. She was not sure whether the collision or the shooting happened first.
After Furr fired his handgun, police said, one person was hit, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Two others sustained injuries, the cause of which police said was still being investigated.
Some of the people involved in the incident at First and Pierce Streets NW around 5:25 a.m. were transgender, according to police.There is no evidence at this time that shooting was bias-related, said Lanier during the conference call, and an investigation is ongoing.
Lanier was on the scene Friday morning after the incident, police said earlier.
Post staff writers June Q. Wu ahd Justin Jouvenal contributed to this item
This post has been updated since it was first published.