Bystander Hit When D.C. Police Shoot at Armed Suspect

A barbershop patron was hit when an officer shot at an armed robbery suspect in southeast D.C., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

A store owner flagged down officers about noon Wednesday and said he had just been robbed at gunpoint, Chief Cathy Lanier said. Officers pursued the vehicle the suspects were in Martin Luther King Avenue SE until three men bailed out and fled on foot.

When one of the men drew a handgun, an officer ordered him to drop the weapon and fired one shot, police said. The bullet missed the suspect and went through the barbershop's wall, hitting a man getting a haircut.

That man suffered a wound to the hip and was conscious and breathing after the shooting, police spokesman Lt. Sean Conboy said. He was taken to an area hospital.

Police arrested three men and are investigating.

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