D.C. Police Officer Charged with DUI, Shooting

Saturday, Aug 27, 2011  |  Updated 1:58 PM EDT
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D.C. Police Officer Charged with DUI, Shooting

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A D.C. Police Officer has been charged with DUI and assault with a dangerous weapon after a shooting near 1st and Pearce Streets Northwest. Police are looking into whether the incident was motivated by bias.

An argument between an off-duty D.C. police officer and a group of people in a convenience store early Friday morning ended in a vehicle collision and a shooting after the officer allegedly followed the group out of the store and shot three people.

A.J. Singletary is with Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence -- he says two of the three victims were transgendered.

"There were possibly words exchanged that this could indicate this was a bias-related crime, and that is currently under investigation."

He says there has been an increase in hate-motivated crimes against gay and transgendered people in the District.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says police are investigating.

All of the victims are expected to recover.

Listen to the complete story at wamu.org

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