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Male is shot and wounded after Prince George’s robbery

A male suspected of robbing a liquor store was shot and wounded Wednesday evening after Prince George’s County police pursued him and another person from the Forestville area into the District, officials said.

The male was shot in the groin, but Prince George’s police spokeswoman Julie Parker said it was not immediately clear whether a bullet fired by the Prince George’s officer struck him or whether the male shot himself.

The incident began about 5:40 p.m., when county police were called to the 3300 block of Walter Lane in Forestville about an armed robbery of a liquor store, Parker said.

Prince George’s police pursued a minivan into the District, where the van crashed near 57th and Clay streets NE.

Two males ran from the minivan, and officers chased them on foot, Parker said.

An officer fired his weapon, but it wasn’t immediately clear what prompted him to do so. Police recovered a weapon on the scene. No officers were injured.

The male suspected of robbing the store was taken to a hospital in Prince George’s, but Parker did not know his condition. Police also took the other male into custody. No charges were immediately filed.

Prince George’s police are allowed to chase suspects into another jurisdiction if they encounter a homicide, a contact shooting, armed robbery or armed carjacking, Parker said.

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Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.

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