A D. C. Superior Court grand jury Wednesday indicted a D.C. Metropolitan police officer on nine counts, including assault with intent to kill while armed, in connection with an Aug. 26 shooting that left one person injured as the officer allegedly tried to solicit a transgender prostitute.
In addition to the assault charge, Kenneth Furr, 48, was also charged with six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of solicitation. If convicted, Furr faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.
According to the indictment, Furr tried to solicit transgendered prostitutes by the names of “Chloe” and “Kayla” by “inviting, enticing, offering, persuading and agreeing to engage in prostitution.”
According to charging documents, Furr, who was on sick leave from the force at the time, got into an altercation with a group of individuals around 5:25 a.m. at First and Pierce Streets NW.
The confrontation began at a CVS drug store in Northwest Washington when Furr and one person were talking, and a second person got into an argument with Furr, according to charging documents. A CVS security guard ordered the trio to leave.
Outside, according to prosecutors, Furr reached into his white Cadillac and pulled a handgun from the glove compartment and displayed it before driving off.
The two people who had been in the store then met up with others and drove off in a mint-green Chrysler 300, court documents say. A short time later, the cars collided in the 100 block of Pierce Street NW.
Furr, who authorities said was intoxicated at the time, jumped on the hood of the Chrysler and fired five shots through the windshield, striking one passenger in the arm and hand, according to the documents. At the time of the shooting, one witness allegedly heard Furr yell: “I’m a kill all of you.” Furr was arrested at the scene.
During a September hearing, Furr’s attorney argued his client was “defending himself.”
Prosecutors at the time said Furr “had a pattern of reckless behavior” and in 2004 was dismissed from the force for driving under the influence. That decision was later reversed after Furr agreed to attend a diversion program, prosecutors said.
Furr is scheduled to appear in court Friday before Judge Ann O’Regan Keary.