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Protest unfolds after MPD body cam footage released in fatal shooting of 31-year-old man

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Protest unfolds after MPD body cam footage released in fatal shooting of 31-year-old man
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The outrage directed at D.C. police during a protest Friday evening outside the Wilson Building stems from the fatal police-involved shooting of 31-year-old Kevin Hargraves-Shird. The firing officer's body-worn camera footage released publicly only hours earlier.

“[They need to] Train people to deescalate a situation and not do what happened to Kevin; take a person’s life," Nee Nee Taylor with Harriet’s Wildest Dreams said during the protest.

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“We don’t have time to mourn right now. We can’t mourn in peace right now. We got to get justice," said Serena Hargraves, Kevin Hargraves-Shird’s sister.

VIDEO: DC Police release body cam of fatal shooting of 31-year-old man in Northwest

Police say Saturday afternoon in Northwest D.C., two juveniles were shot and wounded in a drive-by with multiple firearms found at the scene. Based on a witness tip, police chased a suspect, who jumped into a white sedan. Police say they pursued that speeding sedan until it crashed blocks later, as seen on a home security camera. Police say three people in the car fled and have yet to be captured. A fourth, Kevin Hargraves-Shird, got out as the pursing officer arrived.

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“The sergeant partially exited the marked police MPD cruiser, shouted 'gun, gun, gun, gun, gun' five times and fired a single shot," MPD Police Chief Robert Contee said during a press briefing Friday.

The firing officer has been identified as 17-year veteran Sgt. Reinaldo Otero-Camacho. On the body camera footage you can hear Sgt. Otero-Camacho say, "We got a gun. We got a gun.” Moments later you hear him say,"We got a gun. We got a gun."

Police say a gun was found at the scene right beside Hargraves-Shird. Serena Hargraves told us what she thinks of the shooting. 

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“Anyone that’s seen it thinks it was ridiculously unjustified," said Hargraves. 

But MPD Police Chief Robert Contee cautions anyone from jumping to conclusions as you can’t see Hargraves in the video. At this point, Chief Contee says it’s too early to determine if this shooting was justified or not.

The officer involved remains on routine leave while the US Attorney’s Office conducts a full investigation. 

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