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Nineteen months ago, DeOnté Rawlings, a teen suspected of stealing a minibike, was killed in an exchange of gunfire. The off-duty D.C. police officers involved were investigated and cleared. But did the reports add up?

Key Questions About a Teenager's Killing

On Sept. 17, 2007, 14-year-old DeOnté Rawlings was killed by an off-duty police officer who sought to retrieve his stolen minibike. Officers James Haskel and Anthony Clay spotted a boy on a minibike in an alley. Officers said the boy, later identified as DeOnté, drew a gun. Gunfire ensued. When it was over, DeOnté lay dying from a gunshot wound to the back of the head. Nearly a year after DeOnté was killed, federal prosecutors and police officials said he fired first at Haskel and Clay. The officials cited 13 words to back up that the shooting was justified: "physical and forensic evidence, autopsy results, ShotSpotter data, and firearms and paint analysis."

Key Questions About a Teenager's Killing

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Article | Near dusk one September evening in 2007, a boy cruises on a stolen, red, gas-powered minibike down an alley in Southeast's Highland Dwellings public housing complex. A gold Chevrolet Tahoe passes with two men inside, both off-duty D.C. police officers, both armed. The driver is determined to reco...

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