Police arrested a suspect in the shooting of an officer Sunday night in Northwest DC, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee said Tuesday.
The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said. The 4th District officer, whose name was not revealed, was taken to a hospital and later released.
“I feel grateful and fortunate that our officer is home and recovering from his injuries,” Contee said.
The shooting took place after officers approached a man on the street in the 1400 block of Quincy Street NW, police spokeswoman Kristen Metzger said. When officers got out of their car, the man opened fire, police said.
Contee said police approached the man because he seemed “suspicious of his behavior,” but the boss did not elaborate.
A handgun believed to have been used by the suspect was found the night of the shooting, Contee said.
The Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday arrested 28-year-old Davon Easton from Northwest DC. He is charged with assault with intent to kill while armed, possession of a firearm during a violent crime, assault by a law enforcement officer while armed, and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Contee said more than 2,400 illegal firearms were found by DC police last year.