A 25-year-old Fairfax City man was shot and seriously wounded Sunday night by a Fairfax City police officer who responded to a call from the man's wife that he was outside their home with a shotgun and their 15-month-old son.

Jeffrey Dwight Carter of 3741 Chain Bridge Rd. was in serious but stable condition at Commonwealth Doctors Hospitals last night suffering from an abdominal wound.

Cpl. Thomas Akers, 35, has been placed on routine administrative leave with pay pending an internal police investigation, according to City Police Chief Larry Wines.

Carter's wife, 22-year-old Peggy Carter, accused police yesterday of being overly aggressive in their response to her complaint that her husband had kicked her out of the house, and of failing to inform her husband adequately that they were police officers.

Chief Wines said Akers and Officer Harold Michaels, two of the six officers who responded to the call, identified themselves to Jeffrey Dwight Carter and told him "several times" to drop a shotgun he was carrying. He said Carter came after Michaels, who was in uniform, and "swung the shotgun in a threatening manner." Wines said Akers, who was not in uniform, then fired his revolver once from a distance of 15 to 25 feet, hitting Carter in the abdomen.