A man shot by a D.C. police officer investigating a street robbery in Southeast Washington early Wednesday ran after being wounded and was found hiding in the back yard of a home — with a .45-caliber pistol and the victim’s iPad, according to court papers filed in the case.
The police affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court provide a detailed account of a shootout between the man and a police officer that occurred after midnight Wednesday in the 2500 block of Minnesota Avenue SE. The officer was not hurt; the suspect was struck once in the thigh, police said.
Police charged Antwone Prince, 35, of Northwest Washington with assault with intent to kill, assault on a police officer and robbery. A D.C. Superior Court judge ordered the suspect detained until a preliminary hearing Aug. 21. Prince had gotten out of prison June 16 on a gun conviction.
The affidavit says the victim was robbed at gunpoint of her purse about midnight at Minnesota Avenue and Burns Street in Southeast Washington. She described the robber as wearing a black and white scarf over his head.
Police said officers found contents of the woman’s purse dumped behind a parked car, and then found a man fitting the description of the robber coming out of a nearby alley with a scarf covering his face. Court documents say the man tried to get into an apartment building but the door was locked.
“The officer ordered the male to get on the ground,” the affidavit states. “The male turned and the officer observed two muzzle flashes. ... The officer returned fire several times.”
The court document says the man ran, once turning toward the pursing officer, who again fired. The man then ran behind homes and disappeared. But police said in the court documents that with the help of a search dog, officers found the man in a back yard hiding under a swinging chair covered with a tarp.
Court papers say the victim identified the iPad as the one missing from her purse.