On Sept. 30, Chester Walker was cruising down the 4700 block of B Street SE in his blue Chevy Nova when he spotted Kim Metivier in her yard. A petite white woman who lives in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Marshall Heights, Metivier snares her share of second and third glances, neighbors say. Walker pulled his car to the curb and attempted to start up a conversation. Moments later, Walker noticed a man exiting Metivier’s house. As the man approached, Walker quickly sped off.
After driving around the block, Walker noticed Metivier and her male friend, Edward Wise, again. This time, both had guns drawn and pointed at Walker’s car, according to Walker’s police statement. Walker noted the professional ease with which they displayed their firepower. He took off.
But that encounter apparently didn’t discourage Walker from another rendezvous with Metivier. Around 3 a.m. Oct. 1, he returned to Metivier’s house with a friend. Walker then proceeded to put his blinkers on and blow his horn. Charles Anderson was staying at the house next door and was up late watching TV. He says the automotive catcall lasted a full 10 minutes.
As Anderson watched from the doorway, he noticed Metivier and Wise sneaking out her back door and down the driveway between the two houses. Moments later, he saw Walker race up B Street in reverse; Walker had apparently noted that his nocturnal house call was being met with an armed welcome.
They pursued Walker just like any other dangerous suspect. The two knew what they were doing: Metivier and Wise are both police officers in the Metropolitan Police Department’s 6th District. According to Anderson, as Walker was racing away in reverse, Wise shot one bullet into Walker’s car.
District cops are more likely to pull out a gun to solve problems than cops elsewhere, as a recent Washington Post five-part series on police shootings reported. Their quick-release
9 mm Glocks are always at the ready at the slightest hint of provocation, and it seems that almost any scenario meets the police department’s use-of-force criteria. Walker found out that even unwanted advances can be met with an incoming fire.
The police report later said that the bullet shattered his rear window, but Walker maintains that Wise’s bullet came through the windshield and grazed his scalp. “[I was] scared for real,” Walker remembers. “I was trying to get out of the way…just get out of the way so he don’t kill me.” When Walker drove off after being fired on, he headed for the 6th District police station to report the shooting.
That’s when Walker’s night really nose-dived. On his way to the station house, Walker spotted a police cruiser parked at 44th and Blaine Streets NE. The officer asked if he had been hit. Walker says that until then he hadn’t even noticed the blood dripping down the back of his neckfrom either where the bullet had grazed him or glass fragments had landed. Walker gave the officers a breakdown of the incident: the encounter with Metivier and Wise, the guns drawn, and the single shot fired.
Other cops showed up to investigate and promptly arrested the bad guy: him. It turns out that Wise claimed that Walker had tried to run him over with his Nova, so police charged Walker with assault with a deadly weaponthe car. The police took him to the hospital for treatment of his injuries following his arrest. Nearly six months later, Walker still hasn’t been indicted on the charges.
Walker is at a loss to explain his presence at Metivier’s house at 3 a.m. He won’t talk about his motivations, on advice from a lawyer, but it’s tough to believe he thought his romantic intentions would be suddenly requited by someone who had pointed a gun at him on the day before. And he also offers no reason for bringing a friend along.
The most Walker will say is “I was upset. He pointed a gun on me [earlier], and I didn’t do nothing.”
The police report isn’t going to clear up Walker’s motivations or the two cops’ responsethe investigation into the shooting lasted about as long as Walker’s horn blast. Even though parts of Metivier’s account differ from known facts and Anderson backs up Walker’s story.
According to police records, Metivier called the 6th District at 3:39 a.m. to ask for assistance. After giving a brief description of events, she told the officer on the line to get a supervisor down to her house, where she was going to start an investigation to “see if we can canvass the area.” According to neighbors, no one in the neighborhood was questioned by police that morning.
Anderson says he was questioned by two sergeants in early November about the shooting. They took notes and told him they would be coming back for a full report. They never did.
Metivier says in her report that Walker had harassed her before, once even threatening her dog. Walker denies talking to herlet alone threatening herprior to the shooting incident. Metivier claims that she didn’t see Wise discharge his gun, but accounts by both Walker and Anderson say that she was present when the shot was fired. Wise did not return calls for comment.
So, whereas Walker faces criminal charges for his actions that night, police investigators quickly dismissed any concerns about Wise’s actions. When a pretrial hearing was held in October, the U.S. Attorney’s office pointed out that Walker had a criminal record and argued that he had harassed Metivier more than once. At the time of the incident, Walker was on probation for a 1997 drug conviction. There are other prior arrests for drugs and thefts on his rap sheet as well.
Metivier and Wise are now back on patrol in the 6th District. According to Metivier and her supervising sergeant, both have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the police department. Walker’s attorney, William Claiborne, is considering a civil lawsuit against both the police department and the District.
At Walker’s pretrial hearing, Claiborne subpoenaed Metivier to retell her story in court. Metivier was a no-show. According to Claiborne, Metivier claimed that since the subpoena only had her first nameClaiborne didn’t know her last name at the timeshe didn’t think it was for her, even though it was delivered to her house. Metivier declined further comment to Washington City Paper on specifics of the case.
Metivier won’t talk to neighbors about the incident, either. “[Metivier] was a good neighbor before the incident,” neighbor Elaine Perry says. “When I questioned her [about the case], she got very nasty. When I walked to her house and asked her what was going on, she acted like it was none of my business.”
For his part, Walker has decided not to flirt on that block of B Street anymore.CP