PD shooting, officers down
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
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News Release: 06/128/1876/MM(1)
May 8, 2006
Police Officer Killed in the Line of Duty
At approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, 2006, a gunman opened fire in the parking lot of the Sully District Police Station killing one officer and wounding two others. A citizen also received lacerations at the scene. Two officers were medevaced to Inova Fairfax Hospital. One officer was pronounced dead at the hospital, and a second officer is in very critical condition. The third officer was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then went to Inova Fairfax Hospital for follow-up treatment.
Officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, an18-year-old male who was armed with multiple weapons; he was killed at the scene. Police believe the gunman acted alone and for reasons not yet determined targeted Fairfax County Police Officers. The identities of the suspect and the officer who was killed are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The officer was 40 years old. She had been with the Fairfax County Police Department for nine years and most recently worked at the Sully District Station. The hospitalized officer, a 53-year-old male, has been with the department for 23 years and works at the Sully District Station. The third officer, a 28-year-old male, has been with the department for five years; he works at the Mount Vernon District Station. The Sully District Station is located at 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard in Chantilly. This is the first Fairfax County Police Officer shot and killed in the line of duty.
Chief Dave Rohrer has expressed his grief and the grief of the entire Police Department over the loss of the officer. “This shooting was directed at my officers. The detective who was killed was an exemplary detective for us, and we loved her greatly. This is a very difficult day for the Fairfax County Police Department. It was ironic that today we commemorated the Fairfax County Fallen Officer’s Memorial as the entire nation celebrates Police Week. We have lost three officers to traffic crashes, but this is the first officer we have lost to an assailant.”
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
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