Release, Change of Bond Denied for Furr

Off-duty MPD officer accused of shooting at transgender women denied bail as he awaits October trial

Kenneth Furr, the off-duty Metropolitan Police Department officer who allegedly shot at a car containing five people, including at least two transgender women, remains held in jail without bail as he awaits an Oct. 15 trial.

Furr faces six counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of assault with intent to kill while armed and two counts of sexual solicitation.

Appearing in court before Judge Ann O’Regan Keary today, Furr’s lawyers, David Knight and Kia Sears, submitted a motion to release Furr on bail or change the conditions of his release, which Keary rejected. Furr had previously been held without bond after Keary found there was probable cause that Furr committed two assaults and ruled that he might pose a danger to the community if released.

Furr was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 26 after allegedly pulling out his handgun and firing at a car containing five other individuals, including transgender women, near the corner of First and Pierce Streets NW, in the city’s Sursum Corda neighborhood.

According to charging documents, the shooting occurred as the result of an escalating fight between Furr and the group, which started after Furr allegedly propositioned one of the transgender women at a CVS store, and, after she rejected his advances, pulled out his handgun and threatened to shoot her and two of her companions. The group of five later trailed Furr’s vehicle, claiming they were trying to flag down a police car to arrest Furr for his earlier threat.

Following his arrest, Furr submitted to a breathalyzer test that showed, five hours after the shooting, his blood-alcohol content was .15, almost twice the legal limit for driving.

John Riley is the local news reporter for Metro Weekly. He can be reached at jriley@metroweekly.com

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