Handcuffed Man Pulls Gun and Shoots Washington DC Police Officer
A man who authorities said shot a police officer Tuesday afternoon in Southeast Washington managed to grab a gun from his own waistband even though he had been handcuffed behind his back, according to a D.C. police report made public Wednesday.
The officer, who was not identified, remained hospitalized Wednesday with a bullet wound to his leg.
D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham described the injury as serious and said the officer was undergoing surgery. He said the injury is not believed to be life-threatening but added, “We are very concerned for him.”
Authorities identified the suspect as Mark William Crawford, 30, of no fixed address. He faces charges that include assault on a police officer, illegal possession of a handgun and being a felon in possession of a handgun.
Police said officers were called to the Greenway neighborhood around 2 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a trespasser at the Meadow Green Courts apartment complex near 35th and A streets SE. Police said the caller described the man and provided a first name.
An arrest affidavit filed in connection with Crawford’s arrest says he had been barred from the complex since March.
That court document describes a series of incidents stretching back into January in which residents told police he showed up with a weapon and allegedly intimidated or threatened people. One of those people is an ex-girlfriend who lives there, the documents say.
A flier posted at the complex with Crawford’s photo warns residents to call 911 or security if they see him. A call to the apartment complex was not immediately returned.
The police report says officers saw a man described by the caller near 35th and A streets SE and stopped him. Police said he was holding a drink in one hand and resisted officers’ attempts to handcuff him.
Officers took the man to the ground to place him in handcuffs, the report said.
Newsham said the man struggled with officers while he was on the ground, apparently trying to stand up as officers tried to keep him lying down. The chief said officers “never had the opportunity” to search the man because “the struggle never stopped.”
Police said he was able to wriggle one arm to his side and retrieve the firearm, which was concealed in his waistband. Newsham said investigators “believe he fired the weapon.”
Crawford has several past arrests in Maryland, and his record includes a conviction for carjacking in Prince George’s County, for which he served seven years in prison, according to court records.
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