Detective won’t face charges in fatal July 4th shooting

WASHINGTON – Washington, D. C., transit police detective won’t face charges in the fatal shooting of a man who shot into a crowd, and the detective on the Fourth of July last year.

The U. S. Attorney’s office said in a statement Monday that there was insufficient evidence to practice against the police officer who fatally shot 21-year-old Sidney Washington Jr. Officials did not identify the detective. The officials say that there is evidence that he was defending himself and others.

After the Metro Transit Police dispersed groups launching fireworks at each other, and the Deanwood Metro station, detectives saw Washington fire in a crowd. A detective pulled up next to Washington and screamed “Police!” and the officials say Washington shot the car twice. The detective returned fire, striking Washington. He later died in a hospital.

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