An off-duty D.C. police officer shot a man who allegedly attempted to steal nearly $80 of crab legs from a Giant Grocery store Sunday near Union Station after he pointed a gun at the officer.
Theodore Dyson, an off-duty Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officer who works security at the grocery store, spotted the man acting suspiciously as he held a large bag near the supermarket’s exit. Dyson approached the man, noticing two large bags of crab legs that the man had not purchased. The officer tried to bring him back to the registers to pay for the items, however the man pulled a gun and pointed it at Dyson, reports NBC Washington.
Dyson drew his weapon, firing one shot at the man, who fell to the ground. Authorities transported the unidentified man to the Washington Hospital Center where they said he was in “critical but stable condition.”
Police recovered the man’s gun and the two bags of stolen crab legs at the scene. The cost of the crab legs came to $76.54. Officials charged the unidentified man with aggravated assault on a police officer and shoplifting. It is unclear if there were any other customers at the Giant store when Dyson fired his weapon, according to The Washington Post.
In addition to the responding police officers, Police Chief Cathy Lanier came to the crime scene Sunday, according to the MPD press release. Authorities said the man was still in critical condition Monday but did not update his condition Tuesday. Police continue to investigate the incident. Officer Theodore Dyson is a 26-year veteran of the MPD.
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