D.C. Policeman Shot

A D.C. police officer was shot and seriously wounded, early Saturday morning. Investigators have arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the case.

Police were initially called to a residence of Crittenden St., NE for an unspecified “disturbance” around 5:10 a.m. Before officers arrived, residents of the home called 911 to further report that someone in the house was carrying a gun. Some of the responding officers approached the house from the alley behind it.

Police say the teenager had positioned himself atop a metal awning over the back porch. Officers say the responding policemen ordered the youth to drop his weapon, but instead he opened fire with multiple rounds.

Chief Cathy Lanier says a five-year veteran of the force was struck by three bullets: one was stopped by his vest, one hit the policeman in the neck, and one came through his upper side. After surgery, the officer is described as being in stable condition.

Officers at the scene returned fire, but in the confusion of the exchange, the youth slipped away. Dozens of patrol cars from throughout the city descended on the neighborhood, as officers — with weapons drawn — examined every shed and garbage can. The youngster was found hiding under a porch on Crittendon Street. He was arrested. Police say they recovered the weapon he was using.

Early reports had indicated the youth had been hit in the arm by a police bullet. But Chief Lanier told reporters it appears the blood came from a scratch, not a bullet wound.

The unidentified teen has been charged with assault with intent to kill while armed. He is expected to be presented in court on Monday.