Police shooting reported in DC

A gunman was shot and seriously injured by a DC police officer in northwest Washington on Saturday after a confrontation that followed a double shooting, police said.

The man shot by police was unconscious after being injured shortly after 4 p.m. near Second and Madison Streets NW in the Brightwood Park neighborhood, police officials said.

They said he was shot after holding a semi-automatic handgun – a weapon that fires a bullet with each pull of the trigger – and disregarded police orders. It was not clear if he had pointed the gun.

The incident came amid growing concern in the city about gun violence in general, and a spate of serious shootings since Wednesday in particular.

In the recent incidents, at least five people were killed and 16 injured, Deputy Police Chief Ashan M. Benedict said during a briefing at the scene of the shooting by the officer.

Saturday’s confrontation came just after police responded to reports of an exchange of fire between people in cars and on foot near Georgia Avenue and Longfellow Street, Benedict said.

The two people shot in that incident suffered injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, Benedict said.

The double shootings happened near the Kennedy Street NW corridor, where violent incidents in recent years have prompted calls for increased police protection.

Across the city, attacks such as those on Saturday occur more often after dark and in less crowded places.

After the two men were shot, witnesses reported seeing a white sedan with gunmen inside. Police followed a vehicle on Second and Madison streets, Benedict said.

He said one or more occupants fled, but a man “engaged” with police.

He said an officer shouted “gun, gun, gun” and gave orders.

The officer fired a single shot, Benedict said.

After being hit, the man was taken to hospital in critical condition.

The officer was not injured, Benedict said.

Benedict said police recovered a semi-automatic handgun with an extended clip that the injured man was carrying and three other firearms from the vehicle. One was a long gun, which police say may have had the ability to fire automatically – the continuous firing of bullets as long as the trigger is held.

Asked about the recent spike in gunfire in the city, Benedict said police were trying to determine if the shootings followed a pattern or could be linked.

“At the moment we are not sure,” he said.

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