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Off-Duty DC Officer Shoots Man in Georgetown Amid Armed Robbery: Police

Officers and a police helicopter were seen searching the Georgetown area after a suspect got away, police said.

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An off-duty D.C. police officer injured a man in Georgetown early Wednesday when gunfire erupted as the officer intervened in an armed robbery, police say.

The officer exchanged gunfire with a “possible suspect” in the armed robbery and another shooting about 12:15 a.m., according to Executive Assistant Chief Ashan Benedict and a D.C. police watch commander for the Second District.

According to a watch commander, a second man was wounded in the leg in an initial shooting.

The off-duty officer reported that he witnessed two men, including one who was armed, approach a vehicle with three people inside, Benedict said.

The suspects were "demanding either the vehicle or cash or other belongings," Benedict said.

The off-duty officer and the armed suspect each fired, Benedict said. The off-duty officer was not injured, police said.

United States Secret Service Uniformed Division officers helped arrest a suspect, and a semi-automatic pistol was found, Benedict said.

The second suspect got away, Benedict said.

The injured suspect and the first man shot were taken to hospitals to get treatment for injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

The off-duty officer flagged down other police officers responding to a call about the gunshots in the 1200 block of 28th Street NW, Benedict said.

Police were searching the area for a second suspect in the armed robbery and any other potential suspects.

Crime scene tape blocked off at least three areas amid a massive police response that included Secret Service and U.S. Park Police.

A helicopter was seen flying above Georgetown and shining a searchlight down about 6 a.m.

Stay with News4 for more on this developing story.

Correction (Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021): An earlier version of this story misstated the time of the shooting. It occurred shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

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