Family holds vigil for man fatally shot by off-duty D.C. officer as police continue investigation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Loved ones of 24-year-old D'quan Young plan to gather for a vigil Friday night, hours after Police Chief Peter Newsham held a news conference about the shooting.

"We as his friends and his family we want answers because there’s questions that need to be answered, like what took place that you needed to kill that boy, that you needed to pull your gun out," says Young's friend, Andy Williams.

On Wednesday, police say an off-duty officer, who they have not identified, fatally shot Young in the 2300 block of 15th Street in Northeast D.C.

Chief Newsham said the off-duty officer hired an attorney, William Bland, who said he would arrange a date and time for the officer to be interviewed about the shooting.

As of Friday morning, that still had not happened. Bland told DCW50 he could not provide any comment on the case.

Chief Newsham said there is forensic evidence and witness statements that suggest there was an exchange of gunfire between the off-duty officer and Young, but that evidence is still being analyzed.

He said the officer joined the department in December of 2016 and was assigned to 7th district, and was at a cookout on the same block the night of the shooting.

Police say they recovered Young's weapon from the scene and determined that he did not legally own it.

Young's friends tell DCW50 the off-duty officer was at a home of other D.C. police officers, who were the first to respond to the shooting.

Chief Newsham said they are still investigating how quickly those officers notified police of the shooting.

"There was some confusion on the scene, the officer from what I understand believed that he may have been in jeopardy. He was taken by a police official a couple blocks from the scene and he was returned after," he said.

Police said they currently do not have any video footage of the shooting. There was no body camera footage and Brentwood Recreation Center cameras did not catch the shooting on camera.

Chief Newsham said the off-duty officer was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the shooting.

They are asking anybody that might have video footage or information on the shooting to contact them at (202) 727-9099.

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