Who is Deon Kay? Protests After D.C. Police Officer Shoots and Kills 18-Year-Old

A Black teenager was shot and killed in Washington, D.C. by one of the city's officers on Wednesday afternoon, prompting demonstrations in the capital.

Deon Kay, who had turned 18 in August, was shot by a police officer on the 200 Block of Orange Street, Southeast, D.C. The law enforcement agent has been placed on administrative leave and the case remains under investigation.

The incident occurred when officers of D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's (MPD) Seventh District responded to a call to investigate a man with a gun in Southeast and found individuals in and around a vehicle.

A press release by the MPD said that, upon seeing the officers, two of the people fled on foot, with one displaying a firearm. The officer shot once at the individual, striking who was later identified as Deon Kay after the shooting. The other suspect had not been apprehended when the statement was released.

Officers responding to the incident had activated their body cameras, the release said, and the footage recorded is under review.

A number of demonstrators gathered in protest after the incident around the building of the MPD's Seventh District:

Deon Kay, who just turned 18.

“They took my baby, they just took my baby from me,” said his mother, Natasha. “I need my son back, I want my son back.” https://t.co/qOXpwSXrj7

— Janeese Lewis George (@Janeese4DC) September 3, 2020

"They took my baby, they just took my baby from me," his mother, Natasha Kay, said at her home hours after the shooting according to the Washington Post.

"I need my son back. I want my son back," she added.

Omar Jackson, a mentor who had worked with Kay for the past two years, is also quoted in the Washington Post article saying that the he "was trying to navigate through this chaotic situation out here".

The D.C. police also arrested and charged a 19-year-old man who was found to be in possession of a handgun for carrying a pistol without a license.

Newsweek has contacted the D.C Metropolitan Police Department for comment.

Kay's death comes just a day after protests took place in Los Angeles prompted by the killing of Dijon Kizzee by sheriff's deputies on the evening of August 31.

A new wave of demonstrations also sprung in Kenosha, Wisconsin, following the shooting of Jacob Blake 10 days ago, which also led to a strike by NBA and WNBA players.

Blake was left paralyzed from the waist down by the incident. Benjamin Crump, the family's attorney, called it a "miracle" that Blake is still alive.

The shooting of Blake came after officers responded to reports of a domestic incident which bystanders said he was trying to break up. Video footage emerged showing officers pointing firearms at him while he walked to his car, and as Blake leaned into his car, an officer fired his weapon.

During the protests in Kenosha, 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois shot three people, killing two of them during the protests in the city last week.

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Activists gather for the weekly Black Lives Matter protest in front of the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles, California on September 2, 2020. Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images