Shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, Special Operations Division/SWAT officers were responding to serve a warrant at a residence in the 7500 block of Tralee Woods Court in Springfield. The warrant was for Rashad James for the reckless discharge of a firearm that occurred on Saturday, March 19. Neighborhood patrol units and patrol officers from the West Springfield District Station were already on Tralee Woods Court, on March 23, maintaining a visual presence, watching for James.
Officers watched several subjects enter the target residence, but none were believed to be James. Prior to SWAT’s arrival, officers heard the sound of a gunshot come from inside the residence. Shortly thereafter, three subjects ran from the home and got into two separate cars. This information was relayed to officers standing by on Creedmore Drive. As an officer pulled out and attempted to stop the first vehicle, the second vehicle travelling up Creedmore Drive with no headlights on, collided with the police cruiser. With the knowledge that weapons were unaccounted for, and believing that the first vehicle was involved with the Tralee Woods address, officers immediately made contact with the driver, who refused commands to show officers his hands and to exit the vehicle. After more than an hour of negotiation, the driver still refused to comply with any commands; he would not put his hands up, would not exit the vehicle and would not speak with us. Pepper spray was deployed into the vehicle and had no effect on the driver. Officers eventually approached the vehicle, behind the cover of a ballistic shield, opened the vehicle door and the driver then exited. Upon further investigation, officers determined that the vehicle and driver were not involved with the Tralee Woods address and the driver was subsequently released.
Simultaneously, officers stopped both of the involved suspect vehicles; one being the one that collided with the cruiser, on Creedmore Drive. The driver of that vehicle was detained and he was found to be in possession of a handgun. The driver and occupant of the second vehicle both appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds; one to the upper body and the second to the lower body. Our SWAT Medic rendered first aid until rescue arrived and transported both victims to Inova Fairfax Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The gunshot wounds occurred prior to any contact with police. The victims were also uncooperative with officers at the hospital.
The extensive investigation continued throughout the night, into the early morning hours. As a result, police now believe that the shooting was accidental. The subject who was alone in the vehicle that collided with the cruiser, and the two subjects in the second vehicle, were inside the Tralee Woods address. The first man took a handgun out to show it to the second two and the gun unintentionally discharged. The bullet struck one victim in the hand, passed through and struck the second victim in the leg. That is when all three men exited the home with the intent of going to the hospital.
Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. commended his officers and commented that, “Success was driven by plans and actions of skilled/trained officers who were able to quickly isolate, contain and analyze the situation.”
No officers were injured.
The address on Tralee Woods was searched, but the wanted subject, Rashad James, was not located. Police do not believe that James was involved in this incident.
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