Correction to This Article
This article and an article in the June 10th Metro sections incorrectly said that members of an FBI-led task force were involved in the fatal shooting of Trey Joyner, a weapons suspect shot June 8 in the Trinidad area of Northeast Washington. The Park Police officers involved in the shooting were on another detail, not connected to the FBI. Park Police put out the erroneous information in a media release that officials corrected late June 24.

Justice Dept. to Review Role of Task Force in Fatal D.C. Shooting

By Theola Labbé-DeBose
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The civil rights division of the Justice Department will look into the actions of a law enforcement task force in the recent killing of Trey Joyner, the weapons suspect who was shot by a U.S. Park Police officer in Northeast Washington.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D), who met with Park Police Chief Sal Lauro on Monday, said the review will be an independent look at the controversial shooting.

The gunfire took place about 8:30 p.m. June 8 in an alley near the 1200 block of Holbrook Street NE, in the Trinidad area. Authorities have said that Park Police officers were part of an interagency task force that was responding to a report of a man with a gun. Plainclothes officers located Joyner, 25, and a struggle ensued when they tried to arrest him, leading to the shooting, authorities said.

The shot was fired by one of four Park Police officers on the FBI-led task force, officials said.

The shooting has angered many residents in Trinidad, a neighborhood that has been plagued by violent crime, because some witnesses said police chased Joyner and shot him in the back. Authorities have released few details, citing the continuing investigation.

Beverly Fields, spokeswoman for the D.C. medical examiner's office, said Joyner died of gunshot wounds and had injuries to the lungs, heart, liver and aorta.

Sgt. David Schlosser, a Park Police spokesman, said Lauro is pleased that the Justice Department will investigate, too.

"We believe that transparency is the most integral part of police-community relations, and the chief is concerned that people in Trinidad are not confident in the Park Police," Schlosser said. "We know there's been some perception of mistrust in the community, and we want to put that to rest by allowing a very transparent process to take place."

The D.C. police have been handling the investigation, but Norton wanted another layer of review.

"It was clear to me that this investigation had to be done by the Justice Department, and the civil rights division has done the most work on police shootings," Norton said.

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