- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 22, 2006

A Metropolitan Police Department officer was shot in the leg yesterday while on duty in a Northeast neighborhood, police officials said.

The incident occurred in the 5000 block of Rock Creek Church Road Northeast at about 4:30 p.m., when a 4th District officer was talking to a suspicious male, Capt. Michael Jacobs said. The man fled, and the officer chased him a short distance into a stairwell, where a struggle ensued and the officer was shot, Capt. Jacobs told WUSA-TV (Channel 9).

The officer, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital with an injury not considered life-threatening.

Police spokesman Kenneth Bryson said the officer might have been shot with his own gun as the man was attempting to take it.

Police said the man is in custody but has yet to be charged.

The incident occurred about 10 blocks north of the Catholic University of America, where a student was robbed at gunpoint Monday. He was one of about 15 victims of carjackings and robberies from April 15 to Monday in the District and Prince George’s County.

Police said the incident was not related to the crime spree.

Two suspects in the crimes have been arrested on unrelated charges, but they have not been charged in the carjackings or robberies.

Police have released a composite sketch of a man suspected in one of the crimes, a robbery Monday afternoon in the 3500 block of East West Highway in Prince George’s County.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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