Washington-Sunday evening at a Walgreens, a special police officer (SPO) fired and injured an alleged thief, prompting an investigation in Chinatown.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., Metropolitan Police Department officers were dispatched to the store on 7th Street Northwest, in the vicinity of the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stop, in response to a complaint of gunfire inside. They discovered upon arrival that a man had been fatally shot by an on-duty special police officer employed by a private security company in the course of an armed robbery.
The individual entered Walgreens and followed a special police officer into a back room, where the SPO was disarmed, according to an initial police investigation. The individual was equipped with two firearms at that moment.
The suspect was then confronted by a second SPO, who discharged their weapon and struck the alleged thief. The victim was then transported conscious and breathing to a nearby hospital. The injuries for which he is undergoing treatment are classified as critical. In this case, no further details have been disclosed regarding the individual, including his name and age.
There were no additional casualties resulting from the gunfire.
The MPD’s Criminal Investigations Division and the Internal Affairs Division are conducting an investigation into the incident.
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