Police-Involved Shooting Under Investigation in SE D.C.

By Mark Segraves
|  Friday, Dec 27, 2013  |  Updated 7:42 PM EDT
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Metropolitan Police are investigating a police-involved shooting in D.C. News4's Mark Segraves has the latest.

Mark Segraves

Metropolitan Police are investigating a police-involved shooting in D.C. News4's Mark Segraves has the latest.

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D.C. police are investigating a police-involved shooting that happened at about 12:30 p.m. Friday in Southeast.

Police said two officers were walking along 22nd street near where Alabama Avenue and Suitland Parkway intersect, when they came upon a 38-year-old man.

The officers and the man had some kind of physical contact, police said, though they would not say why or what led police to stop the man.

"I understand that the officers had to actually put hands on [him]," Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Alfred Durham said. "I don't know how in-depth the contact was, but there was physical contact with the officers and the individual who was shot."

Witness Michael Hamilton-El said the man who was shot was not armed. "I think they were arguing, and the dude was walking away and police pulled out his gun and shot him. And I hauled tail."

Durham would not say whether the man was armed, saying police were still in the preliminary stages of the investigation.

The officer who fired his weapon is a 23-year veteran of the force assigned to the 7th police district in southeast D.C. He and the other officer was involved are both on restricted duty while the investigation continues, which is standard for a police-involved shooting.

The man is in stable condition at a local hospital.

The man's family said today was the man's birthday. They also said he had just lost his job.

"He's a good guy. He was just getting enrolled in Project Empowerment," said a man who identified himself only as John, and said he was the man's cousin. "He ain't bothering nobody."

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