Man wounded by D.C. officer; cheetahs kill deer intruder

December 27, 2013
The District
Man wounded by police in Southeast

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 shot the man at least once, Durham said. He declined to say whether the man was armed, noting that the incident remained under investigation. He also would not say where on the body the man was struck.

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

— Peter Hermann

Cheetahs kill deer that got into zoo pen

Two cheetahs at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo met with some unexpected prey. The result was predictable.

Zoo officials said a white-tailed deer was killed by the cheetahs after it apparently jumped into their enclosure Friday. A spokeswoman called it “a normal and expected reaction” by the big cats.

The zoo said a zookeeper heard noises from the cheetah pen shortly before noon and found the deer carcass next to the cheetahs, siblings named Carmelita and Justin.

Doctors will examine the carcass to make sure the deer didn’t have any diseases.

No witnesses saw the deer entering the cheetah habitat — other than the cheetahs.

Deer are plentiful in Rock Creek Park, which borders the zoo. The National Park Service has used sharpshooters to reduce the deer population.

— Associated Press

Maryland
44-year-old manis killed in car crash

Prince George’s County police are investigating a car accident that killed a Brandywine man the day after Christmas.

James Townsend, 44, was driving north on Cherry Tree Crossing Road when his car veered from the road and hit a tree near Old Indian Head Road, police said. Police were called to the scene about 8:40 p.m. No other cars were involved.

Townsend died at a hospital, police said. Investigators are reviewing whether speed was a factor in the crash.

— Lynh Bui

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