Man confronts D.C. police officer with assault rifle

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An off-duty D.C. police officer fired on a man who pointed an assault rifle at him Wednesday night in Southeast, authorities said.

The officer was investigating a report of an armed man in the 300 block of 34th Street Southeast sometime close to 9 p.m., shortly after a boy was shot in the same block, Metropolitan Police Department Gwendolyn Crump said.

When the officer encountered the man, he ordered the man to drop the assault rifle. The man pointed the gun at the officer, police spokeswoman Saray Leon said. The officer “feared for his life” and shot at, but did not hit, the man, Ms. Leon said. Police said no shots were fired from the assault rifle, which the man dropped as he fled from the scene.

The boy was shot in the arm. Police have identified a person of interest in the incident involving the officer but did not release the person’s name and did not say whether it was the same person suspected of shooting the boy.

While investigating the boy’s shooting, the off-duty officer also broadcast a lookout for a gray Chevrolet Suburban. Officers saw the vehicle in the 3900 block of Minnesota Avenue, about a half-mile from the scene of the shooting and began chasing it. The vehicle sped away and during a 10-minute chase that concluded in Prince George’s County, two guns were thrown from the vehicle.

The Suburban crashed at Eastern and Kenilworth avenues, and two of the men in the vehicle were caught in the car by Prince George’s County police officers, Ms. Crump said. The driver of the vehicle ran and was picked up by D.C. officers. He has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, though police did not give specifics on those charges or release his name.

It was unclear what, if any charges, the other two men were facing.

Police did not make it clear whether the assault charges against the driver were in relation to the boy’s shooting.

The car chase was believed to be a separate incident from the boy’s shooting, police said.

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