Officer's Gun Fires in Struggle at Home Depot

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    Investigators said the officer tried to stop the suspect from leaving the store, but the suspect wasn't backing down. (Published Monday, Aug. 23, 2010)

    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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