A police officer fatally shot a purse-snatching suspect last night as he tried to subdue the man in an alley about three blocks north of Mount Vernon Place.
The robbery victim, Susan Broadbent, 49, was entering the high-rise Regency Apartments at 1010 St. Paul St. through a rear door about 8:50 p.m. when she was attacked from behind by two men who robbed her of her purse, said police spokesman Sam Ringgold.
Police said the woman screamed and chased the men as they ran south on Lovegrove Street.
At Eager Street, the men encountered Officer Michael W. Price, 22, of the Central District.
One suspect, holding the purse, ran past the policeman and escaped. But Officer Price caught the other man and pushed him against a brick wall, Mr. Ringgold said.