District Briefing

District Briefing

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Police Officer Shoots Alleged Attacker

An off-duty D.C. police officer shot and wounded a man who allegedly attacked him in Northwest Washington yesterday, the second time in two days that District officers have fended off assaults with deadly force, authorities said.

Yesterday's incident occurred shortly before noon in the 1600 block of Kalorama Road NW, said Assistant Chief Peter Newsham, whose command includes the internal affairs bureau. Newsham said the officer was getting out of his car when a man, apparently unarmed but behaving irrationally, attacked him and wrestled him to the ground.

"He was on top of him, beating him pretty badly," when the officer fired once, hitting the man in the abdomen, Newsham said. The severity of his wound was not immediately known.

The officer was treated for minor injuries, said department spokesman Traci Hughes. The incident was under investigation last night.

On Monday, a D.C. officer shot and killed a 36-year-old man in a Northeast Washington rooming house after the man allegedly stabbed a fellow resident and menaced the officer with a large kitchen knife and a metal pole, according to police.

-- Paul Duggan

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