Bodycam footage shows panicked confrontation between DC police officer, suspected before the shooting

An officer and a man suspected of waving a firearm scream back and forth, and panic rises in their voices as they whiz down the streets of DC before the officer shoots the suspect and puts a bail out of the driving vehicle.

An officer and a man suspected of waving a firearm scream back and forth, and panic rises in their voices as they whiz down the streets of DC before the officer shoots the suspect and puts a bail out of the driving vehicle.

These are the photos shown in body camera footage released by DC police on Friday of an incident from October 22 that left a man with a gunshot wound and a police officer with minor injuries.

Prior to the shooting, a resident of the Brightwood Park neighborhood of Northwest DC reported seeing an armed man with plaster threaten another man with a gun. Police said officers responding to the area searched Natango Robinson, 35, of Southeast DC, who matched the description. During that stop, officers noticed a gun in his waistband, police said.

The video shows an officer pulling up to the spot where other officers are trying to detain Robinson, who is sitting in the driver’s seat of an SUV. The officer then sits in the back seat of the vehicle and instructs Robinson to get out of the car.

Instead, Robinson puts the car in motion and begins to pull away with the officer still in the back seat and the back door open. The officer starts yelling at Robinson to stop the car and put it in the park, but Robinson says he can’t.



The officer then pulls out his firearm and aims it at Robinson, while continuing to shout, “Put it in the park.” Robinson begs the officer and says “I do not want to do anything” and “Please do not shoot me.”

The couple continues to shout back and forth for a few more seconds until the officer fires his weapon and gets out of the still-moving vehicle. Just before the shooting, one can see Robinson lifting his right arm up in the direction of the sunshade.

Another officer comes over to check on him, and picks him up from the ground while he checks if he is injured.

The officer who shot Robinson begins to explain why he fired his gun, saying, “I shot … he kidnapped me; he reached for something,” before another officer tells him “It’s okay, do not say do not say otherwise. “

It was initially reported that the officer was being towed, but DC Police Chief Robert Contee clarified that his injuries were sustained when he jumped from the moving vehicle.

Robinson took himself to a nearby hospital, where he was taken into his surgery to treat his gunshot wound before being arrested. He was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer while armed, kidnapping while armed, unlawful possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, fleeing a police officer, non-compliance and reckless driving, according to DC police.

The full video can be seen below. The viewer’s discretion is advised.

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