Officer shoots and kills robbery suspect in alley Gun discharges in fight. Second suspect escapes.

April 15, 1992|By David Michael Ettlin | David Michael Ettlin,Staff Writer William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

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.

Police said Officer Price was holding his 9mm semiautomatic pistol in one hand and the suspect with the other, apparently struggling to hold him, when the suspect struck the officer with his elbow and momentarily broke free. The gun discharged and the bullet struck the man in the throat, police said. He ran about 20 feet and collapsed.

Lieutenant Robbins said the dead man was 25 to 30. Police were attempting to identify him today.

The officer, who was not injured, was placed on administrative leave pending a review of the shooting.

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