A man who fled a D.C. Department of Corrections halfway house last May was shot last night during an altercation with a District police officer, police reported.

They said Jorge Marrero, 27, who was shot once in the abdomen, was in stable condition last night at Howard University Hospital.

The officer involved in the incident, Kevin W. Graves, who has been on the D.C. police force for two years, was treated at the Washington Hospital Center for a groin injury, according to police spokesman Lt. William White III.

A corrections spokesman said Marrero escaped from a halfway house at 1010 N. Capitol St. NW, where he was being held after a conviction for petty larceny.

White said the incident began when Graves, responding to a report that a person wanted by authorities was in the vicinity of 14th and Chapin streets NW, saw a man fitting Marrero's description, White said. As Graves approached, White said, the man ran north on 14th Street.

Graves ran after the man, who entered a two-story apartment house at 1430 Clifton St. NW, White said.

Graves then pulled his service revolver and as he entered the building, White said, a man jumped from a second-floor stairwell onto him. Graves' gun went off during the struggle that followed, White said.