Winchester police officer killed responding to call

A 30-year-old Winchester police officer has died following the crash of his cruiser Saturday night.

Officer Hunter Edwards
Winchester PD photo

The accident happened around 10:50 p.m. on West Jubal Drive in Winchester as Officer Hunter Edwards was headed to a report of a fight on S. Loudoun Street. The crash occurred just a few blocks from there. Winchester police did not immediately release details of how the crash occurred, but there had been heavy rain in Northern Virginia through the day Saturday.

Early Sunday morning Winchester Police Chief John Piper told officers, who had gathered at the Winchester Medical Center, “This is going to be a very difficult time for Hunter’s family and for each of us. Take care of yourselves; take care of each other.”

Officer Edwards leave behind his wife, Tara Edwards, and a stepson. He’d been on the police force fr four years and was a member of the SWAT team.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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