Five D.C. police officers involved in the 2015 fatal shooting of an armed robbery suspect will not face charges in her death, federal prosecutors said Monday.
In a statement, the U.S. attorney’s office said it had concluded that there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges against the officers involved in the fatal shooting on Oct. 26, 2015, of Marquesha McMillan. Authorities say McMillan, 21, was armed with a .380-semiautomatic weapon during a morning robbery of a liquor store in the 7800 block of Alaska Avenue NW.
Following interviews with witnesses, both civilians and police officers, and reviews of surveillance video, prosecutors determined that when three officers pursued McMillan as she ran out of the rear parking lot, she turned and fired the pistol at the officers. The three officers returned gunfire as McMillan ran through the parking lot and hid behind a dumpster, authorities said.
A witness told prosecutors that McMillan then reloaded her pistol, ignored the officers’ commands to drop her weapon and then fired at them a second time. During that encounter, two other officers approached and fired their weapons. McMillan was shot eight times.
McMillan’s accomplice in the botched liquor store robbery, Ned McCallister, 22, was arrested after fleeing from the store, pleaded guilty to robbery and was sentenced to four years in prison.