Shoplifting Suspect, 18, Grabbed Officer's Gun, Got Shot at Southwest DC Safeway

The suspect, accused of shoplifting about $15 worth of groceries, fought with an officer and tried to grab his gun, police say

An 18-year-old man suspected of shoplifting from a Southwest D.C. grocery store tussled with an officer and was shot, police said.

Miguel Smith, of Southeast D.C., tried to leave a Safeway with several grocery items he didn't pay for, police said. According to police documents, the groceries were worth about $14.96.

A special police officer tried to stop Smith after he passed all the checkouts at the store's location near the Waterfront-SEU Metro station, police said.

Smith and the officer then got into a fight. During the fight, police say Smith tried to grab the officer's weapoon. As Smith lifted the gun out of the holder, the security guard grabbed his hands and a shot was fired, police said.

The bullet hit Smith's leg, police said. He then fled down M Street Southwest, limping.

Police were called to the Safeway at about 6 a.m.

Smith was later found after police recieved a call that someone had been shot at the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station in Northeast. Police found Smith and decided he was the suspect from the Safeway incident.

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He was taken to the hospital for treatment and arrested, police said.

Smith was charged with theft and aggravated assault on a police officer.

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