DC police officer shot teen suspected of breaking into cars after spotting gun: cops

A D.C. police officer shot a 17-year-old suspected of breaking into cars when he allegedly spotted a gun on him, MPD confirms.

According to police, officers were responding to break-ins in the 800 block of S Street, Northwest around 2:20 a.m. Sunday when they encountered the suspect, a 17-year-old juvenile.

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The suspect was reportedly inside a vehicle when they arrived.

The officers say they repeatedly told the suspect to get out of the vehicle.

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When an officer noticed the suspect had a gun in his hand, he fired, striking him in the "lower body."

The suspect’s firearm that was recovered on the scene. (PHOTO: MPD)

After the suspect received first aid, he was transported to a local hospital.

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Police said his injuries are not life-threatening. The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested and charged with Assault on a Police Officer While Armed, Carrying a Pistol Without a License, Possession of an Unregistered Firearm, Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, Theft From a Motor Vehicle and Destruction of Property.

The MPD member involved has been placed on administrative leave, pursuant to MPD policy. Body-worn camera footage from this incident is currently under review.


This case remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at (202) 727-9099.