An armed security guard shot and wounded a man Friday morning who he said was trying to grab his gun during a struggle at a Northeast Washington apartment complex, according to District police.

The shooting occurred about 9:30 a.m. in the 3700 block of Hayes Street NE, near Anacostia Park and north of Benning Road. Police said the wounded man was shot in the chest and was conscious and breathing when taken to an area hospital.

The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation, and police did not detail what led to the confrontation at the Mayfair Mansions Apartments. Officials at he private complex referred questions to its management company. A representative did not return calls seeking comment.

D.C. police did not identify the man who was wounded nor the officer, who a department spokesman said was working as a security guard at the complex and was what is called a special police officer. No arrests were made as of Friday afternoon.

Special police officers are not members of the D.C. police department, but they are commissioned by the city to carry weapons. Their authority is limited to the geographic area to which they are assigned. Many work in the District guarding government buildings and private businesses.

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