DC Police says officers acted in self-defense after shooting left man dead in Southeast

The scene where a man died following an officer-involved shooting in Southeast D.C. (Photo, ABC7)

DC Police Chief Peter Newsham said there is "overwhelming" evidence that the man killed in Tuesday night's officer-involved shooting fired an illegal handgun at police in Southeast Washington.

D.C. police said their officers were on regular patrol at the intersection of 1st Street and Wayne Place, SE when they encountered a group of men in a back alley at around 7:15 p.m.

One of the men, who has been identified as 22-year-old Marquis Alston, of Temple Hills, Maryland, fled from officers when they arrived and later pulled out a handgun, according to police.

Newsham said at a news conference Wednesday there is evidence Alstonl, who is a convicted felon, shot the handgun at the officers and was then killed after two officers returned fire.

Police said they found an extended magazine with ammunition on the Alston's body.

Alston had previously been convicted of robbery and was wearing a GPS monitor at the time of the shooting.

Police said the shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. and that no officers were injured.

The shooting remains under investigation and that body camera footage from the shooting is being reviewed.

Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue said if they release the footage to the public, it may take up to 10 days during the review process.

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