D.C. police investigate fatal shooting of man by off-duty officer

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The D.C. Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a 24-year-old man by an off-duty D.C. police officer.

The shooting happened in the 2300 block of 15th St., NE, at around 6:51 p.m. on Wednesday.

The victim has been identified as D'Quan Young, 24, of Northeast, D.C.

Family members that DCW50 News at 10 spoke to said Young had a four-year-old daughter.

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said they do not know what led up to the shooting.

"We’re still up there trying to piece together what happened. We really don’t know. We know the officer was off-duty. We don’t know exactly right now why he was in the block or whether he has family out here," said Newsham at a news conference at the scene on Wednesday night. He added that police did recover a handgun from Young.

Neighbors told DCW50 News at 10 they heard two rounds of shots.

"We heard the first set of shots, there was a pause, and then there was some more shots," said Evelyn Lofland.

"We don’t know if there was an exchange of gunfire. We just have no idea at this point," said Newsham.

Wednesday night, Newsham said that the officer, who has not been named, was with investigators and they were expecting to get a statement from the officer. However, on Thursday afternoon, ahead of an expected news conference to update the investigation, a police spokesperson said that the officer still had not spoken to Internal Affairs detectives.

Thursday evening, police announced they would provide an update on the investigation at 10 a.m. on Friday.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave.

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