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Man arrested after SPO shot near St. Elizabeth's hospital in Southeast

The special police officer was shot in the leg, investigators said.

WASHINGTON — Metropolitan Police Department investigators have arrested man in connection to a shooting that left a special police officer injured outside St. Elizabeth's hospital late Thursday night.

Officers responded to the 1100 block of Alabama Avenue SE around 11:22 p.m., according to a watch commander with MPD's Seventh District. That's where Shotspotter technology recorded at least four shots being fired.

Once on scene, officers found the special police officer shot in the lower leg. They were conscious and breathing, according to the watch commander. Their condition is not known at this time.

Police arrested 39-year-old Lynville Porter in connection to the shooting. He has been charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Assault on a Police Officer, Carry a Pistol without a License, and Unlawful Possession of Ammunition.

A special police officer, or SPO, is commissioned to protect a specific property, such as St. Elizabeth's hospital. SPOs can carry weapons and make arrests at the specific property they are commissioned to protect. SPOs must be licensed and undergo training.

Anyone who may have information about this case should contact police at 202-727-9099 or text the department's tip line at 50411.

Earlier this month a Special Police Officer working for DC Public Libraries was shot and killed during a training exercise at the Anacostia Library. 

Maurica Manyan's family hired an attorney following her death. They are expected to hold a press conference Friday afternoon.

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