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Southeast D.C. officer-involved shooting injures person

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Was an unarmed man shot by D.C. police today because he wouldn't take his hands out of his pockets?

Photo: Jennifer Donelan

An MPD officer was involved in a shooting on Friday in Southeast at about 12:20 p.m. near Alabama Avenue and 22nd Street Southeast, officials say.

According to longtime family friend, Barbara Butler, the victim reportedly had his hands in his pocket and when police walked up and told him to take his hands out of his pockets,. The victim replied: "For what? I don't have nothing in my pockets." That is reportedly when police shot him.

However, Butler admits that although this is what she heard, she herself wasn't a witness to the incident. 

Sometime during that encounter, there was also reported physical contact made.

Due to the ongoing investigation, officially the department could not comment about whether the man was armed or why he was stopped in the first place.

The mother of the man shot by the police officer arrived moments after the shooting, and said that today is his birthday.

"Is my son alive? Is he going to be alive?" she asked.

"I have known him for years and I have never known him to bother nobody," said Butler, who said she saw the victim about two hours before the shooting took place.

The suspect is reported to be in stable condition.

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