DC Police Shoot, Wound Person They Say Was Breaking Into Cars

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D.C. police shot and wounded a person they say was breaking into cars and had a gun in Shaw early Sunday morning.

Assistant Police Chief Andre Wright said officers got several calls shortly before 2:20 a.m. about a person breaking into vehicles. An officer arrived at the 800 block of S Street NW and saw a suspect inside a vehicle, Wright said.

According to police, the person was ordered several times to show his hands and get out of the car.

"The officer then observed the individual with a firearm in his hand," Wright said.

The officer shot him, hitting him in the lower body, Wright said.

Police gave the person first aid at the scene before he was taken to a hospital. His injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

Surveillance cameras were mounted outside of a church on the block, and there is also body-worn camera footage. Police were in the preliminary stages of their investigation and were reviewing the body cam footage Sunday morning.


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Authorities said this part of Shaw has seen a rash of car break-ins. Data shows 412 car break-ins in the immediate area over the past year.

"Eight, ten weeks ago, we started having a lot of car windows broken into," Lynn Johnson, the president of the nearby Westminster Neighborhood Association, said. "It wasn’t just one night, it was every night."

MPD is asking for anyone who may have any information to call them at 202-727-9099 or send a text message to 50411.

The wounded person's name and age have not been released.

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