DC Police Officer Shot, Suspect Killed in Southeast: Police

Sources tell News4 the officer's vest stopped the bullet

A D.C. police officer was shot and wounded Monday night in Southeast, police say.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at an apartment in the 2200 block of Savannah Terrace SE at about 7 p.m., police said.

As the officers approached the building, a man went out and started firing at them, shooting one officer, D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference.

Officers fired back and fatally shot the suspect, Newsham said.

The officer was rushed to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Two sources told News4 that the officer's bulletproof vest stopped the shot.

Police declared a barricade situation for fear that there might be a second shooter. Officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds inside the apartment a short time later, Newsham said. He was in critical condition.

Police have not identified the suspect who fired at the officers or the man found shot inside the apartment.

A woman identifying herself as the sister of the suspect who died and the man in critical condition said they were brothers. She said she believed they got into a fight and the suspect snapped. 

"Might have been the medication. He went and picked up his medicine today, so I would like to check ... and see what they prescribed for him," Renee Carter said.

News4 crews at the scene saw a major police presence in the area.

Police shut down 23rd Street SE between Alabama Ave. and Savannah Street SE in both directions.

Stay with News4 and NBCWashington.com for updates to this developing story.

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