Shots Fired at Marked Police Cruiser
Reston Police District – Detectives this morning are investigating an incident in which one of our officers was shot at while on duty in his marked cruiser. The cruiser was struck several times by gunfire. Fortunately, the officer was not injured.
Preliminarily our investigation reveals that just before midnight last night, the officer attempted a traffic stop on Georgetown Pike near Rossmore Court in the Great Falls area. The suspect’s car stopped a short distance away in the 600 block of Rossmore Court. A passenger jumped out of the car and ran. The driver of the car then sped away from the cruiser, making a U-turn in the cul-de-sac, then traveled back toward the officer and opened fire, striking the cruiser at least twice. The officer attempted to pursue the shooter’s car, but lost sight of it while driving westbound on Georgetown Pike.
Our Major Crimes Division and Crime Scene Detectives responded to investigate and process the scene. Several other law enforcement partners helped to try and track the suspect’s car; to no avail. The car was described as an older model four-door sedan, possibly late 90s to early 2000s, white with black rubber moulding around the door frames.
Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. stated in a department-wide message today, “I am grateful that our officer went home safe last night…Their actions are not only dangerous and deadly to law enforcement but they are a threat to the entire community.”
We are asking anyone with information to contact us by calling 703-691-2131 or Detective C. Guyton at 703-856-8547. You can also be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000 if you contact Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637). Tipsters remain anonymous.
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