by Martin Weil

This story has been updated.

A man was shot and critically wounded by a D.C. police officer in Southeast Washington late Monday night, authorities said.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the man was apparently shot during an exchange of gunfire with an officer looking for a suspect in a shooting in the same neighborhood earlier Monday night.

Officials said the confrontation with police occurred about 10:45 p.m. in the 4200 block of 6th Street SE. An initial report from police indicated that the man was unconscious and not breathing.

A woman who lives in the area said the shooting apparently occurred in an apartment house courtyard, inside an entry gate.

She said she heard as many as five or six shots, and later saw someone lying on the ground outside the Cascade Park apartments, a three-story brick building.

The neighborhood resident said that shortly after the shooting, a woman approached the scene, crying ”that’s my husband.”

The man was taken away in an ambulance.

The woman said she believed she recognized the man who was shot as someone who lived within a few blocks.

“I see him every day,” the woman said.

Before the shooting, she said, she heard nothing.

Then, she said, “all of a sudden” gunshots were fired.

The matter was under investigation late last night, and officials were at the scene.

About half an hour before the 6th Street shooting, a man was shot in the leg a few blocks away, in the 4300 block of 3rd Street SE. Lanier said police received a detailed description of a suspect in that shooting. Shortly afterward, she said, a man with a gun was reported on Sixth Street SE.

An officer confronted a man on Sixth Street who appeared to match the description of the suspect. “It looks like” there was an exchange of gunfire, Lanier said. The man was hit, and an officer was grazed by a bullet, she said. Police found shell casings from a gun that is not a police weapon, and a gun was recovered at the scene, Lanier added.