According to the Washington Post, police made contact with the suspect and a struggle ensued. Once handcuffed, the suspect shot the officer.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said the man struggled with officers while he was on the ground, apparently trying to stand up as officers tried to keep him lying down. The chief said officers “never had the opportunity” to search the man because “the struggle never stopped.”
Police said he was able to wriggle one arm to his side and retrieve the firearm, which was concealed in his waistband. Newsham said investigators “believe he fired the weapon.”
The officer, who was not identified, remained hospitalized Wednesday with a bullet wound to his leg.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham described the injury as serious but added, “We are very concerned for him.”
Authorities identified the suspect as Mark William Crawford, 30, of no fixed address. He faces charges that include assault on a police officer, illegal possession of a handgun and being a felon in possession of a handgun.
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