Wagswoofs – Federal prosecutors are conducting an investigation following an incident on December 18th, where a man was shot by a D.C. police officer, resulting in the man being hospitalized.
Police have released the body camera footage of the incident on Monday, capturing the moment when an officer shot Corey Branch along F Street NW, located between Chinatown and the Capital One Arena.
An officer shouted, “Don’t move! Don’t move!” at Branch, 27, right after he got injured.
According to a police affidavit, the officer shot Branch after he displayed a firearm. The incident took place following Branch’s attempt to flee from the officers who were inside their squad car.
While the video does not seem to depict Branch carrying a firearm as he is being pursued by the police, law enforcement officers claim that they found a loaded Glock 23 along with 13 magazines.
The officer responsible for shooting Branch has been identified as Leonardo Bell, according to D.C. Deputy Mayor of Public Safety and Justice Lindsey Appiah. Following the incident, Bell was placed on administrative leave, which aligns with standard policy.
On Tuesday, he continued to stay in the hospital. He faced charges for various crimes, which included assaulting a police officer and possessing and carrying a pistol without a license unlawfully.
Branch’s attorney declined to provide a comment on the bodycam footage, stating that he would first need to speak with his client.
Branch’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 26th at 9:30 a.m., provided he is discharged from the hospital.
The shooting is currently under review by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Once the review is complete, the DC Police Internal Affairs Bureau will make the final determination on whether the shooting was justified.