Man Killed in Shootout With D.C. Police Detective

By Clarence Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 3, 2007; 5:20 AM

A D.C. police detective shot and killed a man early this morning during a scuffle outside of a Southeast Washington carryout restaurant, authorities said.

The plainclothes detective from the 7th District was inside Eddie Leonard's Carryout at about midnight, when he tried to break up a fight between two men, said Asst. Chief Willie Dandridge. The officer, who was on duty, identified himself as an officer as he tried to break up the altercation, Dandridge said.

The detective then struggled with one of the men, and their fight ensued onto the sidewalk in front of the store, in the 2400 block of Good Hope Road SE, Dandridge said. The officer pulled his service weapon and fired several times, fatally wounding the man.

The dead man, who police did not identify early this morning, was taken to Prince George's Hospital Center with a gunshot wound to the back, said Alan Etter, a fire department spokesman. He was pronounced dead there a short time after arrival, officials said.

The detective suffered a wound to his thumb, which appeared to be a gunshot wound, authorities said. His name was not released.

Investigators spent the early morning hours gathering evidence outside the restaurant at the corner of Good Hope and Naylor roads. The only gun recovered was that of the police detective, officials said several hours after the shooting.

It was not clear what prompted the argument inside the restaurant in the first place.

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