PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — The Maryland Office Attorney General has identified the police officer and the man involved in the fatal police shooting that happened on Feb. 1 in Suitland.
The man who was shot and killed was identified as 31-year-old Melvin Jay.
The officer who discharged the weapon was identified as Prince George’s County Police Officer Braxton Shelton. He has four years of law enforcement experience and is assigned to the Bureau of Patrol.
“It’s very unfortunate, very unfortunate situation that we have another black person who is in their home, doing nothing wrong and is murdered by the police,” said Qiana Johnson, co-founder of Harriet’s Wildest Dreams.
A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday to remember Melvin.
“It was just so much love poured out for Melvin and you could just tell by the crowd that he was deeply loved and going to be deeply missed,” Johnson said.
Johnson says the local advocacy group isn’t only supporting the family but they’re also demanding justice and police accountability.
“There was so many other things that could have been done that were overlooked … We want to see the body camera footage as soon as possible. We want the 911 call revealed as soon as possible in any information that the police department has that will let us know what happened that day,” Johnson continued.
Police said the officer responded to the 5100 block of Suitland Rd. at the Windham Creek apartments for a call of a break-in. When police arrived there was a verbal exchange between Jay and the officer. Police say Shelton fired his gun, killing Jay. They also say two guns were recovered near the victim.
Johnson says Jay’s family tells her a neighbor was the one that called police. She says Jay was explaining to the officer he lived at the apartment.
“He was telling them ‘hey, look, I’m the homeowner I live here I didn’t call you, I live here,'” she said. “To be shot in the head and just killed like that. There’s some answers that definitely need to be given to the community.”
She said Harriets Wildest Dreams will continue to fight for justice for all families that lost their loved ones at the hands of police brutality.
“If we don’t fight for it and the police officers feel as though they can do this and get away with it … We are definitely going to fight tooth and nail,” she said.
The Maryland Attorney General says police will continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting.