Officer's Gun Fires in Struggle at Home Depot

By Pat Collins and Jane Watrel
|  Tuesday, Aug 24, 2010  |  Updated 1:16 PM EDT
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Investigators said the officer tried to stop the suspect from leaving the store, but the suspect wasn't backing down.

Investigators said the officer tried to stop the suspect from leaving the store, but the suspect wasn't backing down.

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An off-duty D.C. police officer was injured in a fight with a customer at a Northeast Home Depot late Monday morning.

The officer was arriving at the store in the 900 block of Rhode Island Avenue NE to work security when he was alerted to a man suspected of a crime, police said. The officer confronted the customer and a fight ensued. The two struggled for the officer's gun, which discharged.

The officer was taken to a hospital with several minor injuries, including bites from the suspect and a graze wound from a bullet.

The suspect also was transported to a hospital with minor injuries.

Police shut down and evacuated the store to investigate and process the scene. It later reopened.


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