A man who police believed was trying to abduct another man led plainclothes officers on a brief car chase yesterday in the District and was apprehended after being wounded twice by police gunfire, authorities reported.

The incident began about 2:10 a.m. in the 2600 block of 13th Street NW when officers Angelo Hicks and John Spencer said they saw one man force another at gunpoint into a car.

When the two officers approached, the armed man pointed a gun at them, police said. The two officers fired and one of the shots struck the man in the left arm, police said.

A chase of about eight blocks ensued, ending in the 600 block of Gresham Street NW when the man got out of the car and Detective Willie Toland fired another shot at him when he reached into his waistband, authorities said.

Alan Aker, 34, whose address was unavailable, was reported in stable condition at Howard University Hospital suffering from wounds to the arm and buttocks. Aker was charged with assault on a police officer and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Police said the man who they had thought was the object of an attempted abduction fled and has not been located.