Two D.C. police officers were wounded early today when they exchanged gunfire with a robbery suspect in the Adams Morgan area of Northwest Washington, police said.
One of the officers was shot in the leg in the incident just after midnight at Ontario and Columbia streets NW, and the other was shot in the arm, police said. They added that the injuries were not believed to be life-threatening. Both were taken to Washington Hospital Center.
Within minutes, police apprehended a suspect in the 2400 block of 17th Street NW. He had been shot in the hand and was taken to Howard University Hospital. Police did not identify him.
District Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey said that a business in the 1700 block of Columbia Road was robbed late last night and that two officers who had been sent to stake out the business after a recent wave of robberies in the area were outside the restaurant at the time.
The officers confronted the man as he left the L'il Peckers chicken restaurant, and an exchange of gunfire occurred, Ramsey said.
"It was a good job by the officers," Ramsey said. "Unfortunately, they got shot. We got the guy. We got the gun. We got the clothes [the suspect had] been changing into."
Rafael Anuca was salting the sidewalks outside an apartment building on 17th Street when he said he heard about eight gunshots. All the shots seemed to come in a row and were very loud, he said.
Police said they believed that more than one person was responsible for the recent robberies of people and businesses in the area, but they said they thought there was only one suspect in last night's shooting.
The chicken restaurant was roped off early today. About halfway down the 1700 block of Euclid, a police officer was guarding a winter parka on the ground.