No charges filed against D.C. officers who fatally shot woman

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two D.C. police officers who fatally shot a woman who pointed a gun at them will not face any charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

On May 16, 2017 around 6:30 p.m., Isabelle Duval crashed her car into a tree near a recreation center, after leaving the scene of another accident less than a mile away. Duval, who was wanted by police for her arrest, told witnesses not to call the police. The investigation shows Duval, who appeared to have a broken leg, got out of her smoking car, pulled out a semi-automatic pistol, and started crawling near the front doors of Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest.

Duval tried to enter the center, but the doors were locked. She sat down in front of the entrance with her gun in her hand.

When police arrived, prosecutors say the two officers ordered Duval to put down her weapon several times, but she refused. Prosecutors say Duval rose up on her knees and pointed her gun at the officer in the vehicle.

The two officers then immediately fired their weapons in response, prosecutors say. Duval fell the ground and dropped the weapon. Prosecutors say Duval was shot once in the center of her chest, once in the left buttock, and one bullet grazed her thigh and groin.

Police immediately ran towards Duval to provide medical assistance. However, prosecutors say she did not have a pulse when medical responders arrived. Duval was then transported to a hospital where she was officially pronounced dead.

The autopsy report indicates that the cause of Ms. Duval’s death was the gunshot wound to her chest, and the toxicology report revealed that Ms. Duval was under the influence of alcohol, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.

After a careful, thorough, and independent review of the evidence, federal prosecutors have found insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers used excessive force under the circumstances. To the contrary, there is sufficient evidence that the officers were acting in self-defense and defense of others at the time of the shooting, prosecutors say.