The Washington Post

Officer identified in fatal NW shooting

- — Peter Hermann

D.C. officials this week identified a police sergeant who fatally shot a man last week after police said he pointed what appeared to be a rifle at officers at the entrance to his apartment in Northwest Washington.

Sgt. Jonathan Nelson, a 12-year veteran assigned to the 3rd District, has been placed on routine administra­tive leave during the investigat­ion. Efforts to reach Nelson were not successful.

The identity of the officer, along with video from his body camera that shows the killing, were publicly released Wednesday. The man who was killed had earlier been identified as George D. Watson, 34, of the 1400 block of V Street NW.

Police said they were called to that address about 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 for a report of man on a balcony with a gun. A woman who called 911 said it appeared Watson was pointing a firearm toward the street.

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