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Not guilty plea for off-duty D.C. officer in assault case

A D.C. police officer charged with assault and soliciting sex pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him Friday.

Standing next to his attorney, Kenneth D. Furr entered the plea during a hearing in D.C. Superior Court. Another hearing is scheduled for April 13.

Furr has been held in jail since his arrest in August. He was charged with nine offenses — including multiple counts of assault and assault with a dangerous weapon — after an incident in which, according to authorities and interviews, he tried to solicit sex from transgender women, leading to a collision between two vehicles and gunfire.

Furr was indicted Wednesday. The indictment said Furr, off-duty and intoxicated in the early hours of the morning on August 26, fired five shots through the windshield of a car in which the transgender women were riding, striking one passenger in the arm and hand.

Furr, who joined the department in 1990, is currently suspended without pay from the police.

This item has been updated.

Read more: The Post’s crime coverage

Keith Alexander covers crime, specifically D.C. Superior Court cases for The Washington Post. He has covered dozens of crime stories from Banita Jacks, the Washington woman charged with killing her four daughters, to the murder trial of slain federal intern Chandra Levy.

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