Fairfax police officer unhurt after driver fires at his cruiser

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Fairfax County police continue to search for the driver who shot at an officer just before midnight Sunday night.

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The officer had tried to stop the car for a routine traffic stop on Georgetown Pike near Rossmore Court in the Great Falls area. As police tell it, the car turned into the 600 block of Rossmore Court where a passenger jumped out and ran. The driver of the car then sped away from the cruiser, made a U-turn in the cul-de-sac, traveled back toward the officer and opened fire.  The police cruiser was struck at least twice but the officer was not struck.

The officer attempted to pursue the shooter’s car, but lost sight of it while driving westbound on Georgetown Pike. Several other law enforcement agencies helped to try and track the car; to no avail. The car is described as an older model four-door sedan, possibly late 90s to early 2000s, white with black rubber moulding around the door frames.

Detectives are reviewing dash-cam video from the cruiser to try to learn more.

Says Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr., “I am grateful that our officer went home safe last night….(The suspects’) actions are not only dangerous and deadly to law enforcement but they are a threat to the entire community.”



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Ed Tobias
Ed Tobias brings more than four decades of reporting and news management experience to his work at FairfaxNews. Tobias managed news coverage for Associated Press Radio for over twenty years.  This included coverage of the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, the death of Princess Diana, the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters and national election primaries, conventions and campaigns.  He was part of the team that built AP’s on-line video operation. Prior to joining AP, Tobias was News Director at all-news WTOP in Washington, D.C. He has won two Ohio State Awards for his reporting and producing and he led coverage that won an Edward R. Murrow Award.