PALMER PARK, Md. - A D.C. firefighter under investigation for nearly a year has been indicted on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
Gregory Bowyer Jr. is accused of running over and killing 21-year-old Nate McKinnon last February with his SUV in an Upper Marlboro shopping center parking lot.
At the time, police said Bowyer and his daughter had been following McKinnon and his mother while calling 911.
On the night before McKinnon was killed, he was allegedly involved in a dispute with the firefighter’s daughter. Police said guns were pulled during the incident and one man was arrested and charged with assault. For reasons still unclear, McKinnon was not arrested.
On the following morning on Feb. 13, the firefighter and his daughter went back to the neighborhood where the assault occurred and spotted McKinnon getting into a car with his mother. They followed McKinnon and his mother, Sheraina Jones, for several miles. That is when they pulled into the strip mall off of Brown Station Road.
According to McKinnon's mother, her son got out of the car to talk to the firefighter’s daughter. As he approached the car asking if she was okay and if everything was all right, he was run over.
Police said an assault rifle was found at the scene. According to a source familiar with the investigation, the gun was in McKinnon's pants. The question in this case has been whether he pointed it at Bowyer and his daughter before Bowyer ran him over.
"This man revs his car directly into my son’s body,” Jones told FOX 5 on the day after her son’s death. “Instantly his body just goes limp and I'm looking in the rearview mirror. [I’m thinking] this is not real, this has got to be not real. This did not just happen. Then he drove back and then rolled over him and crushed his skull, his head, his nose was bleeding. I couldn’t even move. I was in a state of shock.”
Bowyer has been on desk duty at the D.C. Fire and EMS Department since last February.
Bowyer’s attorney Glenn Ivey of Price Benowitz LLP said they are making arrangements for the firefighter to turn himself in. He said they are disappointed and surprised by the second-degree murder charge.
Ivey also said there is a video of the incident that supports their self-defense claim.