D.C. police officer shoots man in Southeast

December 27, 2013

A D.C. police officer shot and wounded a man Friday afternoon in Southeast Washington during a scuffle on a busy street, according to authorities.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital with injuries that police said did not appear to be life-threatening.

Assistant D.C. Police Chief Alfred Durham said the shooting occurred about 12:20 p.m. at 22nd Street and Alabama Avenue after two patrol officers stopped the man and then got into an altercation.

Durham said the reason for the stop was being investigated. One of the officers, a 23-year veteran assigned to the 7th District station, shot the man at least once, Durham said. He declined to say whether the man was armed, noting that it remained under investigation. He also would not say where on the body the man was struck.

The shooting occurred near a busy intersection lined with stores, including a seafood market, a hair salon and a discount store. A woman who identified herself as the man’s mother was briefly at the scene but declined to talk to reporters other than to say it was her son’s birthday.

The officer who fired his gun has been put on administrative leave during the investigation.

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