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Man shot by off-duty D.C. officer charged with assault

A man who was shot by an off-duty D.C. police officer during an apparent hold-up attempt Tuesday morning has been released from the hospital and charged with assault with intent to commit an armed robbery, according to police and court documents.

Marcus Young, 28, of Southeast, had been shot once in the stomach during the confrontation about 6:50 a.m. in the 1600 block of 18th St. SE, just off Minnesota Avenue. The officer has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. Young has been ordered detained pending further court proceedings.

Authorities have said that the officer, who was in civilian clothes, was in the area on personal business when she was approached by a man who indicated he was armed and that he wanted to rob her. The police charging document filed in D.C. Superior Court offers new details of the incident.

Police say the officer, identified as Brittany Tabron, who joined the force in January 2012, was dropping off some items to an acquaintance when a man approached her outside an apartment building.

The court documents say the man “had his hand tucked underneath his sweatshirt in his stomach/waist area acting if he was holding a firearm.” He walked within two feet of Tabron, the document states, and told her: “Don’t make me pull this out on you.”

Police said the off-duty officer shot the man once. The charging document says the wounded Young told her: “Damn, I was only playing with you.” Police said he then ran as Tabron chased and called for help. She flagged down another off-duty officer and they found the injured man on Minnesota Avenue.

D.C. police have not said whether the suspect was armed. The charging documents do not mention a weapon or say if one was recovered. Young’s attorney, Joseph Caleb, declined to comment on the case, nor would he say whether his client was armed at the time.

On the day of the shooting, Young had been scheduled to appear in D.C. Superior Court to be arraigned on charges of first-degree burglary and assault. He had been indicted Sept. 24 and failed to show up in court. An arrest warrant had been issued and was pending at the time of his encounter with the off-duty officer.



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