A District man, out on bond for an armed robbery charge 11 days ago, was shot in the leg and chased down by police on foot yesterday after he had led them on a high-speed, rush-hour chase from far Southeast Washington over the 11th Street Bridge into the Capitol Hill area.
Police said the man was shot after he emerged from his wrecked car in an alley near the 1600 block of A street SE, grabbed a coat from the front seat and turned as if he had a weapon.
Officer Nickie Thomas, who had begun the chase at Martin Luther King Jr. avenue and Portland street SE, when he noticed the suspect's out-of-date auto tags, fired three times, striking the suspect once.
John H. Banks, 26, of 1537 A St. SE, was admitted in good condition to D.C. General Hospital. Banks was charged with assaulting a police officer, driving a stolen vehicle and numerous traffic violations, including collision with another car and a Metro bus.
Police said the chase began when Banks sped away from Thomas.
Three FBI agents who happened upon the A Street confrontation with Banks went to Thomas' aid with guns drawn but Banks surrendered moments later after running four blocks to an alley near Eastern High School.
Police said they did not recover a weapon from Banks.
Banks was charged with armed robbery last week after he briefly held a Northeast store owner hostage during a holdup attempt that was thwarted by police. Banks was released on personal bond after that incident.