Agents from the Force Investigation Team of the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau are investigating an MPD officer-involved shooting that occurred on Friday, February 9, 2024, in the 1400 block of Bangor Street, Southeast.
At approximately 6:20 p.m., officers were on proactive patrol in support of Operation THRIVE1, MPD’s homicide reduction partnership plan, when they identified themselves and attempted to speak to a man in a courtyard in the 1400 block of Bangor Street, Southeast. The man fled into a nearby alley.
When officers entered the alley, at one point, the individual pulled out a firearm and appeared to discharge at least one round. The individual then pointed the firearm at the officers. The officers then fired, striking the suspect.
The officers immediately rendered medical aid to the suspect and summoned DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services, who transported him to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Kenneth Coleman, of Southeast, DC. He was placed under arrest for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, and Possession of Unregistered Ammunition.
The suspect’s firearm was recovered on the scene and is pictured below.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MPD policy. The officers’ body-worn cameras were activated, and body-worn camera footage will be released pursuant to District of Columbia law (D.C. Official Code § 5–116.33 (c)(2)).
The Metropolitan Police Department would like to thank the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Washington Field Division for their assistance in this investigation.
1Operation THRIVE (Targeted Homicide Reduction through Intervention and Violence Elimination) was launched in January 2024. This Homicide Reduction Partnership Plan ensures a whole-of-government approach to preventing homicides and details the strategic deployment of MPD personnel and resources in neighborhoods affected most by homicides.