D.C. police officer shoots armed robber

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A D.C. police officer shot an armed 31-year-old man who was robbing someone in Southeast D.C., police said.

Early Tuesday morning, Paul Smith, of Southeast, approached three people who were sitting in a vehicle at Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Sumner Road and asked them for a ride, police spokesman Officer Araz Alali said.

According to Alali: Smith took out a gun and demanded money. He then noticed that one of the victims had an ATM card and ordered the victims to take him to a bank to withdraw money. Smith pointed a gun at one of the victims at an ATM, and the witnessed this and tried to stop Smith. After Smith ran a short distance and the officer followed, Smith aimed his gun at the officer, near South Capitol Street and Chesapeake Street. The police officer fired his service weapon several times at Smith, striking him at least once.

Smith was taken to a hospital and faces charges of kidnapping, robbery while armed and felony assault on a police officer, Alali said. His weapon was recovered at the scene.

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