Police officers in Washington fatally shot a man on Wednesday after responding to a report of guns in a vehicle.
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said uniformed officers approached the vehicle in question on Wednesday afternoon when two passengers fled on foot.
The wounded man was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Newsham said two guns have been recovered from the scene.
“We believe the suspect had a gun at the time,” Newsham said, but declined to speculate on why the officers opened fire.
The man's age was not available as police worked on identification.
“They took my baby, they just took my baby from me,” Natasha Kay, the man's mother, told the newspaper.
“I need my son back,” the mother said. “I want my son back.”
The shooting comes after months of violence and riots that began after the police-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In June, amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, the D.C. Council passed emergency legislation requiring the Metropolitan Police Department to release any body camera footage from any fatal shootings or use-of-force incidents within five days. The department must also release the names of the officers involved.
The family of the victim can object to the release of the footage, in which case the video would not be made public.
In July, the city released body camera footage from three separate fatal incidents dating back to 2018.