Authorities charged a Washington, D.C., official with second-degree murder on Tuesday for shooting and killing 13-year-old Karon Blake after a still-ambiguous confrontation earlier this month.
jason Lewis, A person who works for the DC Department of Parks and Recreationis accused of shooting Blake on January 7th. He was later reported to have told police that Blake was breaking into a car in the neighborhood. The charges have not been confirmed by police. According to law enforcement, Blake was unarmed.
Lewis turned himself in on Tuesday and is scheduled to appear in DC Superior Court at a later date.
The Police Department initially released only details about the shooting and the moments leading up to Blake’s murder. They said a man told police he approached Blake with a firearm after he saw a young teenager operating a vehicle near his home.
Police said there was an “interaction” between the two and shots were fired. Blake was rushed to the hospital, but was pronounced dead.
Local activist groups held several rallies in the wake of Blake’s killing, arguing that the perpetrator had no right to take the law into his own hands.
Local city officials also expressed concern about the shooting.
“Wealth is not greater than life,” DC City Council Member Christina Henderson tweeted.
Other elected officials called for immediate transparency into what happened during the deadly encounter.