Officer shoots robbery suspect in Southeast D.C.

A Metropolitan Police Department officer shot a 31-year-old man after the man pointed a gun at him after attempting to rob three people.

MPD Spokesman Officer Araz Alali says three men were sitting in a car at Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Sumner Road when they were asked for a ride by a man they knew from their neighborhood. They took the suspect, identified by police as Paul Smith, to the unit block of Chesapeake Street, SE after he offered to give them money for gas. Once they arrived, the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded money from the victims.

Investigators say while he was robbing the men, he noticed one of them had an ATM card and ordered they take him to a bank in the 4100 block of South Capitol Street, SE to get more money.

Alali says an officer patrolling the area saw the suspect pointing a gun at one of the victims at the ATM and ordered the man to drop his gun. The suspect did not comply and instead fled the scene.

The officer followed, and in the unit block of Chesapeake Street, SE, the suspect pointed his weapon at the officer, Alali explained. The officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect multiple times.

Alali says Smith was transported to an area hospital, where he remains in unknown condition.

Smith of Southeast is charged with kidnapping while armed, robbery while armed and assault on a police officer while armed.