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Officer shoots car after Fairfax City traffic stop

A notorious police speed trap may get a bit more notorious.

A Fairfax City police officer fired her gun into a car's bumper after she pulled it over for speeding Wednesday night, police said Friday.

Regular drivers on Pickett Road in Fairfax City have come to expect radar beams as they head down the 35 mph hill toward the Thaiss Park Little League baseball fields in the northbound lanes.

An officer with eight years on the Fairfax City department apparently set up her radar equipment around at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Fairfax City Sgt. Pam Nevlud said, and pulled over a 22-year-old driver on Old Pickett Road.

What happened next is unclear, because Nevlud said she couldn't discuss the details. But "in the course of the traffic stop and interaction with the driver," Nevlud said, "the officer's weapon was discharged."

Nevlud said she didn't know why the officer would have her weapon drawn, if she did, or whether there was an altercation with the male driver.

The shot struck the rear bumper of the vehicle, but Nevlud did not know what sort of damage it caused. The driver and the officer were not hurt, and Nevlud said she couldn't say if the male driver ever got out of his car.

Nevlud said she didn't know what type of weapon the officer fired, but said that Glock is the official gun provider for Fairfax City. The officer, whose name was not released, was placed on paid administrative leave, Nevlud said, while police continue their investigation.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  April 2, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Police Shootings , Tom Jackman , Tom Jackman  
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If the car was a Toyato it probably sped toward her and she shot it in self defense.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | April 2, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Now Mrs. Barney Fieth, how many times do we need to tell you to keep your one bullet in you pocket...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 2, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Some cops are so innept that they will shoot a car for not getting on the ground and stop resisting.
Too many are given guns and dont have a clue ,except that the gun gives them POWER.

Posted by: captgrumpy | April 2, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax City is Andy of Mayberry. Remember, long-term Fairfax City residents. Ed Dickinson was alledgedly killed by Fairfax City cops in the jail when it was City Hall back in the mid-seventies. They never explained it, they refused to even comment, and Ed's Dad did NOTHING about it. All I know is, they beat Ed up at a block party, then took him to jail, and Ed died of his head injuries IN the jail.

Of course, the Fairfax City Police said Ed hung himself on bars three feet off the ground, but how th F do you do THAT? Fairfax City is a miserable speed trap, the police are self-inflated cops that couldn't run with big-city cops if they PUSHED themselves. Awful police department. The WORST. My folks moved there in 1956, I grew up there and I can tell you, a more incompetent (if-greedily-funded) police force never existed. This incident with a stupid and affirmative-action lady-cop illustrates why.

Nothing changes in Fairfax City. If I was a cop there, I'd be horribly ashamed of myself.

Posted by: JamesChristian | April 2, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I'll thank the Washington Post NOT to close comments on this article. We're entitled to reply.

Posted by: JamesChristian | April 2, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

The police in Fairfax = Reno 911

Posted by: FiatBooks | April 3, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Female police officers should be on office duty, unarmed. They're too excitable. And in the office, they're less likely to be shot, into.

Posted by: kinkysr | April 3, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

kinkysr, talk about one of the WORST stereotypes you could be exclaiming... not only insulting police officers, but females as well?

Posted by: KHudd | April 5, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey I rather be pulled over by a female, than a guy. At least a female might be single...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | April 5, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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