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Investigators release ID of MPD officer found dead

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(WJLA) - A man found dead in a Southeast D.C. apartment on Saturday has been identified as 56-year-old Johnny Jones, a D.C. police officer who had been under investigation, according to law enforcement officials.

His body was discovered inside an apartment in the 2600 block of Martin Luther King Avenue, Southeast on Saturday afternoon, according to a press release issued by D.C. Police. He was found after he didn’t show up for work.

Police say there were no signs of trauma, foul play or any obvious unusual circumstances in the officer's death. Investigators are awaiting the results of a medical examination to determine the cause of death.

Sources say Jones had been under investigation for alleged inappropriate activity. That activity was reportedly observed by one or more residents and possibly videotaped, according to sources.

Internal Affairs has been investigating the citizen complaints. He had been placed on non-contact status.

He was a veteran from the MPD class of 1995 or 1996 and had been assigned to the First District.

Neighbors told WJLA that Jones went out of his way to let them know he was a police officer who lived on site and was committed to making sure conditions improved in the area.

He often would park his patrol car in a nearby parking lot to help deter crime, neighbors added.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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