Follow Us

DC government employee faces murder charge in fatal shooting of teen accused of breaking into cars

The man's gun was registered, police said.

Published: January 31, 2023 2:36pm

Updated: January 31, 2023 3:37pm

D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation employee Jason Lewis turned himself in Tuesday to face a charge of second-degree murder while armed in connection to the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Karon Blake, who was accused of breaking into cars, officials said.

"The public will see, no crime was committed here," Lewis' attorney Lee Smith said, The Washington Post reported.

Lewis, 41, has been described by Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Metropolitan Police as a black homeowner with a concealed carry permit and a registered firearm, Fox News reported.

Lewis allegedly shot Blake in the early morning hours of Jan. 7 after confronting him and other juveniles who were apparently tampering with vehicles in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C., the Justice Department said.

He was performing CPR on the 13-year-old when first responders arrived on the scene, but Blake died at the hospital, police said.

The Facts Inside Our Reporter's Notebook