Police: Off-Duty Officer Shoots Armed Suspected Shoplifter

Police in Washington say an off-duty officer shot a man suspected of shoplifting after the man produced a gun and failed to comply with the officer's orders.

Police said in a statement that the shooting happened Sunday in the 300 block of H Street NE near Union Station.

About 6:30 a.m., an off-duty officer saw a man carrying objects in his arms and backpack and the officer attempted to stop the individual for shoplifting, police said. It was not immediately known what items the suspect had taken.

The suspect took out a firearm and the officer shot the man when he failed to obey orders, police said.

The suspect's weapon was recovered from the scene and that he was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition, police said.

Police did not release the man's name, age or race and did not identify the officer.

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