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D.C. police officer sentenced to 14 months for 2011 shooting and solicitation

A D.C. police officer was sentenced Thursday to 14 months in prison for a 2011 incident in which the officer, who was off duty at the time, jumped onto the hood of a packed car and fired five shots at its occupants minutes after offering a transgender woman $500 for sex.

Judge Russell F. Canan sentenced Kenneth Furr after a jury in October found Furr guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and solicitation in the Aug. 26, 2011, attack. Canan sentenced Furr to five years in prison but suspended all but the 14 months if Furr successfully completes three years of supervised probation after his release. Furr was facing a maximum of more than 10 years in prison.

During the week-long trial, prosecutors argued that Furr became aggressive after the transgender woman declined his offer to pay for sex.

At the time of the incident, Furr had a blood alcohol level that was twice the legal limit for drivers in the District. He approached a transgender woman in the area of Fourth and K streets NW about 4 a.m. and offered her $100 for sex; he then followed her to a nearby CVS drugstore, where he offered her $500.

After she told two male friends who were in the store about Furr, they confronted him.

An argument between Furr and the men moved outside the store, and Furr showed the men a gun before driving away. The transgender woman and four other people, including the two men, followed in another car.

When Furr’s car came to a stop, they pulled up beside him and someone began punching Furr in the face; prosecutors argued that one man attacked him, while defense attorneys said both men took part. After Furr drove off, they slammed their car into his.

Furr then climbed out of his car and onto the other car’s hood and opened fire. Three occupants were injured.

But Furr’s attorneys argued that their client was acting in self defense. The jury acquitted Furr of the most serious charge, assault with intent to kill, which carried a maximum 30-year sentence.

Furr, who spent seven years in the Army before joining the police force in 1990, has been suspended without pay, a D.C. police spokeswoman said.

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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