MANASSAS, Va. - Police say an 18-year-old who was shot by officers after leading them on a chase into a Manassas park gave authorities his own vehicle’s description when he called and fabricated a tip about an early morning shooting.
Manassas City Police say they received the tip, later determined to be false, for gunshots in the Manassas area at around 12:40 a.m. Friday.
Investigating officers say they spotted the vehicle and attempted to pull it over when the driver led them to the George Hellwig Memorial Park on Bristow Road.
Police say the driver of the vehicle, an 18-year-old man armed with a replica BB-gun , was shot by officers. He was flown to a nearby hospital where he remains with serious injuries.
A 15-year-old girl who was a passenger in the vehicle was determined to be a runaway from the Woodbridge area. She was uninjured and was reunited with her family.
After reviewing the 911 tapes, police determined that the 18-year-old was the person who called the tip in to police earlier in the morning. Police say the 18-year-old provided police with his own vehicle's description when he called.
No officers were injured in the shooting.