A man who was shot and wounded by a D.C. police officer during a foot pursuit Monday evening in Southeast Washington produced a gun after he had climbed a fence, according to a police report.
The officer, “fearing for his safety,” fired and struck the man in the upper leg, police said. The man was identified as Kevontae Stewart, 19, of Southeast.
On Tuesday, police charged Stewart with assault on a police officer while armed and carrying a handgun without a license. Officers recovered a P95 Ruger handgun loaded with 11 bullets, the police report said.
A uniformed officer responded about 6 p.m. to a drug complaint in the 2600 block of Naylor Road SE, the report said. Stewart ran as the officer approached, police said.
The officer chased Stewart, who at one point climbed a “high iron fence,” injuring his hands, the report said. He then “produced a firearm. Fearing for his safety, [the officer] fired his issued service weapon one time,” the report said.
Police put a tourniquet on the wound, and Stewart was taken to a hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. The shooting is being investigated by the Internal Affairs Bureau. Authorities declined to identify the officer who fired.
D.C. police say they have shot at seven people this year, striking six and killing two.