Because of erroneous information given by D.C. police, in Thursday's editions said a police officer shot and wounded Melvin Thomas after Thomas pointed a "loaded" gun at the officer in the 1400 block of New York Avenue NW. Police now say the gun was a toy pistol.

A 48-year-old man who, police said was on furlough from a Baltimore hospital was shot once in the abdomen yesterday about a block from the White House after he produced a gun from his pocket and pointed it at approaching policemen.

Police Lt. John Sarnie, of the second district, said Melvin Thomas was carrying papers indicating that he was on furlough from the hospital's psychiatric section, and apparently was in town to visit his mother. He was walking in the 1400 block of New York Avenue NW at the time of the incident, investigators said.

Thomas was shot as he aimed a gun at police officer Peter J. Hyder, 28, of the second district, police said. Hyder shot at Thomas twice, hitting him once. The second bullet richocheted off the National Savings & Trust Co. building at 15th Street and New York Avenue, police said. The incident occured at 11:10 a.m.

Officals at George Washington University said Thomas was admitted in fair condition.

Police said several persons noticed a gun sticking out of Thomas' back pocket as he walked along the street and alerted officers. Investigators said four policemen approached Thomas - two from the front and two from the rear - and ordered him to halt.

Police said Thomas stopped but reached into his pocket and pulled out the gun aiming it at one group of officers. Hyder then produced his weapon and fired twice, police said. Thomas did not fire, although police said his gun was loaded.