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Police: Officer shoots man in Southeast DC

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A man was shot in Southeast D.C. and the person who pulled the trigger is a police officer. The shooting has prompted questions about what happened and has some neighbors asking if it was justified.

A witness, who did not want to be identified, tells FOX 5 the victim was standing on the sidewalk along 22nd Street and Alabama Avenue, SE, when police pulled up. At some point, the witness said he walked away from the officers and was shot in the street during a confrontation.

The victim's mother arrived a short time later, begging police to tell her if he was alive. His name, she said, is Lamont or Monty to those who know him.

It was a day for him to celebrate. Instead, he remains in the hospital shot by police.

"Yes, it is his birthday today," his mother yelled to reporters.

According to D.C. police, two patrol officers approached the victim around 12:20 p.m. Things got physical and that is when one of the officers, a 23-year veteran from the Seventh District, fired his gun.

“What I am understanding is that officers had to actually put hands on, so I don't know how in-depth the contact was, but there was physical contact with the officers and the individual that was shot," said D.C. Police Assistant Chief Alfred Durham.

Police gave few other details and would not say if the victim had a weapon or why patrol officers initially approached him.

A police lieutenant spoke with his mother.

"He better not be gone the day he was born. Hell, no. I'm not playing," she said to him. "I would like to go to the hospital, get information on my son."

Police would not say much about his condition except to say he was stable.

Meanwhile, investigators spent several hours gathering evidence, going over the crime scene and even searched a car believed to be connected.

A witness saw Monty seconds after hearing the shot fired and said he was on the ground, handcuffed. She said he had been shot in the stomach area.

Monty was known in the neighborhood, someone who grew up in the area and was in his 30s. Neighbors say he never bothered anyone and don't know why an officer would shoot him.

"They out here every day around the store. He wasn't up to no good. Never known him to be like that," said Barbara Butler, a neighbor who often saw Monty around the neighborhood.

Detectives are investigating as well as internal affairs, which is normal anytime an officer shoots someone.

Police say both officers involved in the confrontation with the victim would be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure pending the outcome of the investigation.

The officers’ names have not been released.

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