ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Two police-involved shootings in recent weeks in Fairfax County and Montgomery County have left a number of unanswered questions. In both cases, the victims were wounded but their names have not been released, and neither one of the men has been charged with a crime.
It was just after 7:30 p.m. Friday when U.S. Park Police began a pursuit of a man driving a black Jeep that officers said had fled the scene of a hit-and-run at George Washington Parkway and Slaters Lane in Alexandria.
The FBI, which has taken over the investigation at the request of the chief of the Park Police, said two officers were involved in the chase, but only one fired his weapon.
The chase went several miles into the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County where the suspect's vehicle crashed at the intersection of Fort Hunt Road and Alexandria Avenue.
So far, the FBI has declined to say whether the suspect, who was alone in the Jeep, was armed or if a weapon was found at the scene. There is also no explanation as to why the officer fired his weapon.
From the radio transmissions from Park Police and Fairfax County police, it sounds as if the man who was shot was still inside the Jeep when he was hit by the gunfire.
Dispatch: "U.S. Park Police, what is going to be the charges?
Park Police Officer: “Park Police 10-4. It's going to be fleeing from the scene of an accident at this point. We are southbound coming up on Tulane Street. Fifty-nine miles per hour. Traffic is clear.”
Dispatch: “Copy southbound coming up on Tulane.”
Fairfax County police officer: “Car 2 Charlie, we are at Fort Hunt and Alexandria roads. Park Police are firing shots.
Dispatch: “10-4 copy. Fort Hunt and Alexandria Avenue, and Park Police is firing shots.”
Dispatch: Two-thirty Charlie?
Fairfax County police officer: “Go ahead.”
Dispatch: “Fire department was advised you need them to step it up. They are asking for any situation report. Do you have any further status of the patient?”
Fairfax County police officer: “Gunshot to the head. No longer sounds like he is breathing. Slight movement.”
The suspect was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital in critical condition.
In the police-involved shooting in Montgomery County, police quickly released the name of the officer involved in the shooting and said he only fired one shot. Police have not released the suspect or victim’s name.
The incident happened on Nov. 5 in the parking lot of the Korean Korner grocery store on Veirs Mill Road. Police said they were called for a man who was repeatedly ramming his car into another man’s car.
The first arriving officer, identified as Officer Todd Archer, a 10-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, shot the 52-year-old driver of a Cadillac Escalade once in the upper body. But the reason why the officer fired his weapon remains unclear and no charges have been filed in the case.