D.C. police shoot man fleeing after traffic stop

A D.C. police officer shot and wounded a man Thursday night after a traffic stop in Northeast Washington, officials said.

The shooting happened after police stopped a vehicle in the 4400 block of Ponds Street and at least two people inside the car fled on foot, said Chief Cathy L. Lanier at the scene. One officer chased a man through a courtyard area of a housing complex and ended up in a physical confrontation with a fleeing man.

The man was armed with two guns, Lanier said, and knocked the officer to the ground. The officer fired at least once and wounded the man in the lower extremities, she said.

The man was taken into custody and suffered wounds believed to be non-life threatening. The police officer suffered minor injuries from the fight but was not hospitalized.

Police recovered two weapons at the scene, Lanier said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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