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DC officer shoots fleeing suspect after being hit by car

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WASHINGTON — District of Columbia police say an officer shot a fleeing suspect after the man hit the officer with his car.

The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that the shooting happened Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. in the area of 31st Street and South Dakota Avenue northeast. Police say officers were trying to arrest the man, who was in a vehicle, when he reversed and hit the officer.

Police say the officer then fired one round at the driver as he fled.

A police spokesman tells The Washington Post that police captured the driver a short distance away, and that he had been shot.

Police say both the officer and suspect have non-life-threatening injuries. Police did not say why they were attempting to arrest the man when the incident occurred.

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