Kevin Hargraves’s sister said on video that he was shot in the back of the head

A man fatally shot by a police officer in northwest Washington on Saturday appears to have been punched in the back of the head, according to the man’s sister who watched a video Monday from the agent’s body camera.

Police said the officer saw Kevin Hargraves-Shird “armed with a handgun” before the officer fired one shot and hit the 31-year-old.

The sister, Serena Hargraves, said the video shows the officer pulling out his firearm while in his cruiser, jumping out and yelling “gun” before firing.

“It lasted about two seconds,” Hargraves said.

Lots of details about the shooting that happened around 4pm on the 200 block of Madison Street NW near Fort Slocum Park remain in dispute, including whether a gun was pointed at the police at the time the officer fired and any orders from the police. Police confirmed that family members were given access to watch the video on Monday afternoon.

The video has not yet been released publicly. City officials have until Friday to post the video on their website and identify the officer who fired the shot. The officer is on administrative leave. Hargraves, 38, said the family has given the city permission to show the video publicly. She also said that the police initially misspelled her brother’s last name.

Hargraves and her father watched the video after she and about two dozen protesters marched to the Fourth District Police Station on Georgia Avenue. They angrily yelled at the police asking for more answers.

A vigil is scheduled for Tuesday night where Hargraves-Shird was shot.

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A police spokesman, Dustin Sternbeck, said agency officials would not comment until additional details are known during their investigation. Sternbeck did confirm that Hargraves-Shird was punched in the head, but declined to describe the injury further.

Police said the incident started when people in two vehicles shot at others walking near Longfellow Street and Georgia Avenue NW. The pedestrians fired back at the vehicles, police said. Two men were injured in the gunfire.

Police say a black and a green car drove off and is being sought. Police also said bystanders had informed them that three people in a white Kia had also fled the shooting and were seen brandishing and concealing firearms. According to the police, Hargraves-Shird was driving the Kia.

Ashan M. Benedict, executive assistant chief of police, told reporters on Saturday that the officer “enlisted an armed man” about seven blocks from the Longfellow Street and Georgia Avenue shootings.

“He gave orders,” Benedict said of the officer. “Those orders were not obeyed.” Benedict later said the officer yelled “gun, rifle, rifle.” Hargraves said she hadn’t heard the officer give any other orders to drop a firearm in the video she reviewed.

Police said they found a Taurus 9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol with 18 bullets on a lawn and they believe Hargraves-Shird was holding it when the officer fired. Police also said they found three other weapons in the vehicle, including a rifle. Benedict said investigations are still underway into whether Hargraves-Shird pointed a gun at the officer.

Hargraves said in the video she could not see a gun in her brother’s hands when he was shot, or when the officer approaches with Hargraves-Shird lying on his stomach. She said the footage shows the gun was found some distance from where her brother collapsed.

Hargraves also said she believes her brother and others in the white Kia were not involved in the earlier shooting, but were trying to get away from that scene.

Benedict said on Saturday that police believe the white Kia was “directly linked to the shooting” earlier on Longfellow Street and Georgia Avenue, but he said the exact link was being investigated.

The police report on the shooting also says that “a white Kia left the scene of the shooting”.

Saturday’s shooting came two weeks after a DC police chief shot and killed a man he said he saw aiming a gun along DC’s waterfront entertainment area known as the Wharf.

DC police have shot five people this year, three of them fatally. In addition, a Metro Transit Police officer shot and wounded a man and a uniformed U.S. Secret Service officer shot and killed a man outside the Peruvian ambassador’s residence in northwest Washington.

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