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
April 2, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
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