A 20-year-old Southeast man was shot and wounded by D.C. police officer early yesterday after police say the man struggled with the officer and drew a pistol while being questioned about an attempted rape.

Listed in satisfactory condition at D.C. General Hospital with a single bullet wound in the neck was Rufus Lavender, of 4444 Condon Terr. SE.

Police official gave this account of the shooting incident: About 4 a.m., Sgt. David Richardson of the seventh district stopped Lavender as Lavender was walking near fourth Street and Valley Avenue SE and started asking him about an attempted rape that had been reported about two hours earlier in the nearby 400 block of Livingston Street SE.

Lavender, who police say resembled descriptions of the suspect in the attempted rape fled toward a wooded area. Another police officer, Charles Mckeown, joined Richardson in pursuit and caught Lavender. A struggle followed, Lavender broke free and drew a pistol, according to police.

McKeown drew his service revolver and fired one, striking Lavender in the neck, police said. Lavender was taken to Greater Southeast Community Hospital and was later transfered to D.C. General Hospital.

Lavender was charged with assualt on a police officer and assult with intent to commit rape, police said.