The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) released on Sunday body-camera footage showing the fatal shooting of Terrance Maurice Parker, a Black resident, in Southwest Washington by a police officer.
The 36-year-old man was shot in his apartment on Friday, April 30, at around 9 pm in the 1100 block of 4th Street, Southwest.
Members of MPD’s First District were dispatched to the residence in order to respond to a domestic dispute, according to a statement from the Department.
While officers were interviewing Parker and an adult female who called the police inside the apartment, Parker “suddenly brandished a firearm and pointed it at the female and one of the officers,” police say, adding that one of the officers shot Parker in response.
Officers then rendered aid until the arrival of DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS), which transported Parker to an area hospital. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
It is not clear in the video whether Parker pointed his gun at officers or the woman in the apartment, but he is seen waving it in that direction.
Tiffany Parker, Parker’s sister, also told The Washington Post that the video did not show her brother “pointing it at police officers or anyone else as stated by the MPD.” She added that Parker looked like “complying with police directions.”
A group of Parker’s family members watched the body-camera video ahead of its public release.
DC police placed the officers involved in the shooting on administrative leave and the investigation is underway.
Anyone with information on the incident should contact MPD at (202) 727-9099.