Harold Baynum, 26, who was sought by D.C. police on four felony charges, was wounded by police early yesterday when he exchanged gunfire with officers who tried to arrest him, D.C. police said.

Police said they received a tip that Beynum was inside a residence at 1232 Southern Ave. SE. Whe police arrived, they saw Beynum run out of the apartment and into the 4300 block of 13th Street SE.

Sgt. James Bottler and other officers gave chase, police said. During the chase, Beynum turned and fired at Bottler, who returned the gunfire. Beynum was hit by the bullet, but continued to flee. Bottler was unhurt.

Officer Irving Cousins cornered Beynum, who then physically fought off the officer, police said.Cousins fired two shots at Beynum who continued to run.

Beynum was finally caught hiding in bushes behind 1225 Valley Ave. SE, police said. He was taken to Greater Southeast Community Hospital, where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to the shoulder, buttock and leg, police said.

Beynum was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer, police said. He was being sought in connection with two counts of grand larceny, parole violations and an assault with a dangerous weapon charge.