Armed Robbery of Md. Liquor Store Ends in Crash in D.C.

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A car chase after a liquor store robbery in Forestville ended in a crash and officer-involved shooting in northeast Washington, police say.

Two people walked into the store on Walters Lane at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday and demanded cash while holding an employee at gunpoint, according to Prince George’s County Police. The employee complied and the suspects fled in a minivan.

Police tracked down the minivan and when the driver refused to stop, officers pursued the suspects into northeast D.C., where the van crashed into a utility pole on Clay Place near 57th Street NE.

At least two suspects ran from the crash, and during a confrontation with the suspects, police say an officer fired his gun and an armed suspect was hit. But police say it’s not clear whether he shot himself or was hit by a bullet the officer fired.

The wounded suspect was taken to a hospital and the second is in custody, awaiting extradition to Maryland.

Police say a handgun and cash believed to be from the liquor store robbery were recovered at the scene of the crash.

The officer who fired his weapon, a six-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated.

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