A District police officer was shot and wounded last night while trying to make a drug arrest in Northeast, authorities said. The incident occurred shortly after a separate shooting in which an unidentified man was killed and another person wounded on New York Avenue NW.
The 6th District officer was shot in the upper right leg shortly before 9 p.m. during a scuffle with a drug suspect in a park area near 42nd Street and Hunt Place NE, police said.
The officer, whose name was not released, was reported in good condition at D.C. General Hospital. The suspect remained at large late last night.
Police said the officer, a member of the force for two years, was on a routine patrol in his scout car when he spotted a man on a bench who appeared to be smoking crack with a makeshift pipe.
The officer tried to arrest the man. The two struggled, and the man, who appeared to be in his forties, fired a shot from a handgun, officials said.
The officer fired several shots from his own gun, but the man fled. Police used dogs and a helicopter to search the area.
The other shooting occurred about 7:45 p.m. in the 200 block of New York Avenue NW, where one victim, believed to be a 15-year-old youth, apparently was seated in a car that had just pulled up to the curb.
Police said the man who was fatally shot was standing at the door of the car. A third person, who was unhurt, also was standing near the car when a second vehicle pulled up and one or more assailants opened fire with what police said apparently was a semiautomatic weapon.
The youth, who was shot several times, was taken to Children's Hospital, where he was undergoing surgery last night. The other victim was taken to Howard University Hospital, where he died in an operating room about 9 p.m., authorities said.