The mother of a teenager killed in a shootout with members of a fugitive task force is raising questions about her son’s death after an autopsy shows he was shot in the back.
And that's not all. The D.C. police report says 19-year-old Dequyn Hendrix was shot multiple times, but there is no mention of a gun being found at the scene.
On Wednesday afternoon, Candy Hendrix stood inside her Landover-area home and leafed through the documents she has so far been able to obtain.
A death certificate that says her son died from a “gunshot wound to back” and an autopsy report that says the same.
A D.C. police report claims one of the officers who opened outside the Sursum Corda home that March morning was hit by gunfire. It is a claim never made to reporters on the scene that day.
Candy Hendrix now has more than a few questions after getting the autopsy in the mail a few weeks ago and reading the only police report made available to the public.
At the time of the shooting, Hendrix was told her son had run out the back door of 77 K Street, NW, just after 6 a.m. firing a handgun.
But the reports she has now been able to review leave her with considerable doubt.
"They killed my child,” said Hendrix. “I broke down and cried. They murdered my child. They shot him in the back and I didn't understand why would they do that.”
The autopsy and the death certificate clearly say gunshot wound to the back, but the police report says “multiple rounds took effect to S-1 body.”
"No one is trying to justify or tell me why did this happen," said the teen’s mom.
Even more troubling to Candy Hendrix is the fact there is nothing in the police report indicating a gun was found at the scene -- yet police said at the time a gun was recovered.
And perhaps even more eye opening is the fact the report claims a police officer was shot during the confrontation, but there was no mention of that at the time.
"Someone needs to tell me something,” she said. “Someone needs to explain something because nothing on this report makes any sense to me.”
Dequyn Hendrix was on the run and his mother knew he was on the run when he was shot and killed on March 18. There was a warrant for his arrest in connection with the murder of Tykia Dickerson -- the mother of his children.
It is a warrant and affidavit containing evidence Candy Hendrix has yet to see.
"It's not fair, wrong is wrong, right is right,” she said. “If he was wrong, okay, you could have locked him up, anything. But you killed him and then it’s like you killed him and it’s over with.”
Law enforcement sources say Dequyn Hendrix was found in possession of a note taking responsibility for the murder of Tykia Dickerson, but Candy Hendrix has not seen the note and is unconvinced her son was involved.
The police report also says the officers who fired on the teen that morning were two D.C. police officers. But on the day of the shooting, we reported one was a D.C. police officer and the other was an agent with the Diplomatic Security Service.
We reached out to D.C. police and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for comment. The assistant chief in charge of internal affairs told us he could not comment on an open investigation while the U.S. Attorney’s Office said, “As is routine in any police-involved shooting, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is conducting an inquiry into this matter. We cannot comment further as that inquiry is ongoing.”
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