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Officer shot at D.C. Home Depot

An off-duty District police officer working a security detail inside a Northeast D.C. Home Depot was shot Monday, according to police and a store manager

The officer was shot in the arm, according to a manager who declined to give his name when reached by telephone at the 901 Rhode Island Ave NE store.

The manager said a suspect was in custody.

A District police spokeswoman confirmed that an officer had been shot in the arm, but said she did not immediately have other details available from the scene. The shot, fired during a struggle with the suspect, came from the officer's gun, police said.

The officer was being transported to a local hospital after the incident, which took place at around 11:45 a.m.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 23, 2010; 1:09 PM ET
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty , The District  
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Sorry for the officer, but what this store needs is some of the troops leaving Iraq to be posted in the parking lot to keep order. I've complained to Home Depot HQ about the people who troll this lot intimidating the patrons. They try to grab your stuff and insist on loading your car, etc. It's really too bad, because this is also the best stocked and cleanest Home Depot any where. This is a Home Depot store that even people like me who hate Home Depot can like, so it would be great if they could just get some law and order in the place.

Posted by: blankspace | August 23, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

It's in Northeast DC. What else would anyone expect?

Posted by: checkered1 | August 23, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I never feel safe at that Home Depot. There are entirely too many people standing around looking for work. Something should be done about it.

Posted by: samvped205 | August 23, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This store and it's parking lot are well know for the thugs who hang out there and try to shake down the patrons. The question should be why there aren't more security guards and police present. Maybe Chief Lanier will take note of the need now.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 23, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I see a lot of comments saying that people try to steal your bags and shake down the patrons, but has any of you called the police to report this? And can someone please describe a "thug" to me again? Like what's his/her color?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | August 23, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm at this Depot once, sometimes twice a week. Sure, there are a lot of people looking for work and what not but I've never been shaken down or threatened in any way. My biggest complaint until recently has been the lack of help and disorganized inventory. They have made big strides in that of late.

Posted by: mbm1 | August 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Clearly we must take away guns from police officers for their own safety, particularly off duty! If 'trained professionals' have these issues how can the rest of us possibly be safe or trusted with them.

Posted by: pcgeorge | August 23, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

People kill me what area is safe??? I read the news everyday; and crime is happening everywhere.....stop using the newspaper to discuss your racism ways...VA p vert's are touching our children..MD//DC read the paper. Crime is everywhere....

Posted by: shadon1 | August 23, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the shooter was just waiting for someone to open one of the registers! I was in there recently when the self-checkout was 10 customers deep and NOT ONE SINGLE manned register was open.

Posted by: hoos3014 | August 23, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

PublicEnemy1:
The identifying behavior of parking lot rangers already was described sufficiently by the first five responders to this story, thank you. Is this not racial profiling of a different complexion?

Posted by: JimLbrt | August 23, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I've been to this Home Depot lot hundreds of times over the years, and I've never felt intimidated. Is a difference in native language or ethnicity intimidating? Is the mere presence of people looking for work intimidating? Perhaps DC should consider establishing a center for potential day laborers--as other jurisdictions have done.

Posted by: Edgewood1 | August 23, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Lowes is better anyway.

Posted by: PepperDr | August 23, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Where is ICE? Why don't they check this lot out? Oh, that's right, they are not allowed to do their jobs.

Posted by: madmike272 | August 23, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

The DC pigs don't bother helping out with clearing the parking lot of the illegals. Instead, they are busy violating the US Constitution by stopping taxpaying citizens like myself at an illegal checkpoints, such as the one on 6th Street NE Saturday night [while on the way across town to Capitol Hill for dinner ].

Posted by: johng1 | August 23, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

To johng1: First off, the first thing you should be saying is you hope that the Police Officer is OK. He was shot with his own weapon during a struggle with some out of control whack job while performing his duties. And please show me where in the US Constitution does it make any mention of police checkpoints being illegal. Those safety compliance checkpoints you make mention of as being illegal are in fact needed so that you, and the "tax paying" citizens be kept in check, and possibly caught with illegal weapons, drugs, or driving with suspended licenses, or driving under the influence perhaps. And as far as illegals being the people harassing people in that parking lot of the Home Depot, that is BS. The people doing the harassing are in fact bums who are American citizens, not going to mention what ethnicity, because that just wouldn't be prudent for you race card pullers. That is all I have to say about this. I tell you what. I have never seen or heard so many anti-police comments in my whole life. Everyone always has something negative to say about Cops. Cops are there to serve and protect you when called upon, or so happen to be there at the right time. They are Heroes and should be treated and thought of as such.

Posted by: Chazo | August 23, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Alot of you are over doing; stop using the internet as a way to voice your hate, racism and other negative thoughts...I can only imagine what most of your are saying behind close doors and smiling in your co-workers face...stop acting like children and grow up!!!

Posted by: shadon1 | August 24, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

You can always go back to where you came from.

Posted by: ECAlexander | August 24, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Wrong chazo, cops are not "heroes" lololol. they are scum that try to maximize stealing revenue via "overtime pay" from the city. They are the bums that "retire" after 20 years and suck us dry for another 35 years. They are the bums who wouldn't study while in school, and then demand respect simply because they have a gun. They are goons, not protectors. They steal money from the dead and money/purses from car accident victims! I've seen it! They are scum!

Posted by: johng1 | August 24, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

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