Officers shot a man in a Northwest D.C. neighborhood Friday afternoon, after he allegedly pulled a handgun and fired at them while fleeing the scene.
D.C. police responded to the 500 block of Varnum Street NW in Petworth around 5:45 p.m. for a report of gunshots. According to a police account of the incident, they canvassed the area and encountered 36-year-old District resident Douglas Maiden armed with a handgun.
Maiden pointed his gun at the officers and fired before running away, officials said in a news release Friday. Police gave chase and exchanged more gunfire with Maiden, who was hit multiple times and was later transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Maiden faces charges of assaulting a police officer and carrying a pistol without a license. One of the two officers involved was treated for injuries deemed non-life threatening.
Both officers have been placed on administrative leave as per Metropolitan Police Department policy. Their body cameras were active and footage will be reviewed, police said.