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DC police officer charged with murder in connection with pursuit of moped driver who fatally crashed

Two Metropolitan Police Department officers have been charged in the 2020 incident. Lawyers have entered not guilty pleas.

Updated: September 27, 2021 - 9:48am

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A Washington, D.C., police officer has been charged with murder in connection with the pursuit last year of a man illegally riding a moped that led to the driver being fatally struck by another motorist. 

Metropolitan Police Department Officer Terence Sutton was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the October 2020 death of Karon Hylton-Brown. Sutton also faces federal charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

A second officer, Lt. Andrew Zabavsky, faces federal conspiracy and obstruction of justice charges in connection with the incident, the Justice Department said.

Attorneys for each of the officers entered a not guilty plea on behalf of their respective clients. 

Police turned on their emergency lights and attempted to stop Hylton-Brown on the evening of Oct. 23, 2020.

In an unmarked car with three other officers, Sutton directly pursued Hylton-Brown for roughly three minutes, at times twice the post speed limit in the residential area. 

Zabavsky had been pursuing Hylton-Brown in a marked vehicle but was not behind him when the accident occurred.

Hylton-Brown was fatally struck by a motorist coming out of alley alley into a street. 

The indictment alleges that Sutton and Zabavsky also attempted to "hide from MPD officials the circumstances of the traffic collision leading to Hylton-Brown's death, to prevent an internal investigation of the incident and referral of the matter to federal authorities for a criminal civil rights investigation," according to CNN.

Sutton had been with the MPD for over 10 years. Zabavsky had been on the force 18 years and was a supervisor. 

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