Man assaults woman in domestic incident shot by DC officer: police

A defiant man has been hospitalized after being shot in a shooting involving an officer in DC during an investigation into a suspected domestic assault, police said.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Internal Affairs Bureau Force Investigation Team investigate a shooting in the 1900 block of Mississippi Avenue in southeast DC that left Rahman Mills, 29, with multiple injuries.

Shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, August 12, police said members of the Seventh District responded to the 1900 block of Southeast Savannah Street for the report of a domestic violence assault involving a handgun.

The assault victim provided a description of the suspect – later identified as Mills – and said he was in possession of a firearm, investigators said. Upon arrival, the members located Mills, who fled the area as officers approached him.

Investigators noted that during the chase, officers noted that Mills was in possession of a weapon.

The officer gave numerous commands to drop the gun and Mills did not comply, police say. The officer then discharged a firearm once by punching him, although he remained non-compliant.

Officials said the officer then gave further orders to drop the gun and Mills still did not comply, and he was shot a second time by the officer, whose name has not been revealed.

Mills was charged with:

  • Aggravated aggression;
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon;
  • Possession of an unregistered firearm;
  • Assault on a police officer;
  • Resist arrest.

The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave, in accordance with Metropolitan Police Department policies. Body-worn camera footage is currently being reviewed as the investigation into the incident continues.

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