Officers responded to the report of an unknown situation at 7041 Brookfield Plaza at approximately 12:22 p.m. on Saturday, May 21. Once on scene, officers quickly determined that there was an armed robbery in progress. As the suspect exited the Dubai Jewelry store an officer challenged the suspect and the suspect fired a handgun at the officer. From behind cover, the officer returned fire as the suspect fled on foot. A motorist, passing by in the background was struck by a bullet that appears to have been fired by the suspect. That victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. It is unknown if the suspect was injured. The suspect was described as black, 20-30 years old, wearing all brown clothing, but it is believed he may have changed clothes.
The suspect entered a vehicle and fled and then crashed at Spring Village Drive and Hampton Creek way.
The suspect then carjacked a vehicle and fled again, this time, crashing in the 7600 block of Hooes road where he bailed out of the vehicle and fled on foot. No motorists were injured during the carjacking.
Patrol officers, K-9, helicopter and Troopers from the Virginia State Police, are searching the area.
Detectives from the Major Crimes Division and from the Crime Scene Section are on the scene.
The Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) alerted the community to a dangerous subject in the area and included the suspect’s description.
No officers were injured by gunfire.
Chief Edwin C. Roessler, Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, briefed the media from the scene of the initial robbery.
To view the video of Chief Roessler ’s statement, click here;
The information contained in this blog post is preliminary and is subject to change as the investigation continues.
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