Not the gun confiscated from DaVon Fuller
Not the gun confiscated from DaVon Fuller Credit: Darrow Montgomery

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A constituent services staffer for Ward 1 Councilmember Brianne Nadeau was arrested for allegedly firing a gun outside a marijuana pop-up event in Northeast D.C. on August 3.

DaVon Fuller, who has already been removed from Nadeau’s Council page and website, was arrested over the weekend and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a firearm without a license. He is on paid administrative leave from his Council job, according to Nadeau’s spokesperson. Fuller makes $55,000 a year.

In court records, police describe watching a video provided by a witness that showed two men, one of whom they believe to be Fuller, walk out of the marijuana pop-up event toward Fuller’s BMW. An SUV with tinted windows and no license plate stops in front of the BMW and two men get out and “attempt to rob [Fuller] of the BMW,” according to court records.

Fuller and his associate “proceed to pull out handguns and fire indiscriminately in the block in the direction of 9 unidentified victims and damaged a vehicle parked on the scene.”

Police searched Fuller’s home on August 10, and in his closet, between layers of clothes, they found a 9 mm Glock handgun, magazines, ammunition, and a firearm registration dated July 20, 2019.

Police records show that Fuller applied for a concealed carry license in March but was denied, which means he could not legally carry the gun outside his home.

Fuller’s attorney, Daniel Dorsey, says his client was acting in self-defense and is being held in jail without bond. 

In an emailed statement, Nadeau’s spokesperson writes: “We are shocked and saddened by the situation, as it does not reflect the colleague we have come to know.” The statement highlights Nadeau’s support for legislation to prevent gun violence, including D.C.’s red flag law.

Court records show that Fuller was also charged with assault on a police officer and resisting arrest in July 2018, before he joined Nadeau’s staff. Those charges were reduced to simple assault a month later, and the case was dismissed completely soon after.