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WJLA has reported out this bizarre D.C. Police-involved shooting which took place on May 4 along the 1400 block of Shepherd Street NW. LaShawn English says at around 6 p.m. that day, the family dog escaped their house. Her 12-year-old son chased after the dog down an alley. He was carrying a toy pellet gun.
The family suspects someone called the police. A D.C. cop arrived and drew his gun on the boy. WJLA interviewed a witness as to what happened next:
“I can hear him say, ‘Get down, get down, get down.’ And then when he cuffed him and I came over here I said, Can’t you see it? It’s a toy.'” Police say the dog then charged the officer who shot and wounded the animal. Marshall, however, disputes that account. “No, the dog did not charge. The dog came over in a crouching position,” she said.
The mother told WJLA a bullet fragment struck the boy in the head and he was treated at the hospital; police deny the claim.
But is the D.C. Police Department’s Force Investigation Team taking this case? Well, no. Gwendolyn Crump tells City Desk that the case is being handled by the Fourth District. UPDATE: In requesting a correction on the mother’s claim, Crump writes: “MPD had no information that the boy was injured as the result of the discharge. If so, this case would have been investigated by FIT. The boy scratched his head when he laid on the ground.”