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Fairfax cop teaches indoor pipe a lesson, shoots it

A rookie Fairfax County police officer fired off a round inside his apartment in Centreville Sunday night, puncturing an indoor pipe and setting off a mild ruckus in the Post Corners Apartments complex, Fairfax police said Monday.

The incident occurred about 9:10 p.m. in the 5800 block of Post Corners Trail, in the complex near Route 28 and Lee Highway, Officer Tawny Wright said.

The officer, whose name was not released -- Fairfax almost never releases its officers' names, regardless of the circumstances -- accidentally discharged one round from his service weapon, hitting a pipe in his apartment, Wright said.

The shooting apparently set off a leak in the officer's apartment, or perhaps the sprinklers. Wright said the officer believed the sprinklers had been set off in the entire building and called the Fairfax fire department. The fire department responded and restored calm.

The officer has not been charged with a crime, Wright said. He is 24, and has been on the force for six months, Wright said, which is exactly the length of time one spends in the police academy before hitting the streets with a training officer. A new police recruit class graduated last week, and another police source familiar with the case said the officer was in it.

An internal investigation has been launched.

Wright was asked if the officer was intoxicated during the incident. She said that was under investigation.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  March 17, 2010; 10:16 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  
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This is why I stay away from VA....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 17, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

You can't accidently fire your weapon. Why did he have it out and why was his finger on the trigger? It was either cocked or he had chambered a round.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 17, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

FCPD will slow-roll the investigation f -o -r -e -v- e - r till the stink-o dies down... then give the rookie a pass...

There is NO SUCH THING as a ACCIDENTAL DISCHRGE >> there is however a event >> a NEGLIGENT discharge ...

rookie prob handling/"playing" with his gun... and it goes off...

Think the regular cops use the Glock >> which does NOT have a manual/thumb safety... it does have a enhanced trigger safety > the gun will only discharge when the trigger is pulled.. will not discharge if you drop it ..

Lately > I think the FCPD cops need a gun that requires about three safties > plus a note from their mother >> before discharging their weapon..

I am not impressed by the professionalism of the FCPD.. .. too many cowboys...

Posted by: kglkgl06 | March 17, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

It's not a crime to accidentally fire your gun. Usually when an accident happens a person will say he was cleaning his gun, which is often the reason one gets the loaded gun out before beginnig to play with it.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 17, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

It's not a crime to accidentally fire your gun. Usually when an accident happens a person will say he was cleaning his gun, which is often the reason one gets the loaded gun out before beginning to play with it.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 17, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

FCPD uses a sig sauer, I think it is the P226.

The only reason we hear about this one is because he called the fire department. Do you really think we would have heard about it if the gun "went off" in a locker room at a police station or if he didn't call the fire department?

The real shame is that we paid for this kid's training and now they will probably let him go. He'll go on to work for Richmond, or Roanoke or somewhere else and use his training there.

Posted by: rob47 | March 17, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

He's lucky he only hit a pipe. I knew a guy who was about to join the police, and he was something of a weapons enthusiast and overgrown Boy Scout. He was testing the aim on one of his personal guns before heading out to the shooting range, and he accidently fired a shot. The bullet traveled through his wall, across a breezeway, and into the apartment adjacent to him, where a lady was laying in bed reading to her young son. If she had been over a couple inches either way, the bullet would have missed her...but it went into her head and killed her. There was a rather high-profile trial, but the guy was acquitted because it was an accident. I believe he ended up getting onto the police force as well.

Posted by: akchild | March 17, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Why would they fire him? He didn't break the law. Accidents happen when you play with a loaded gun.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 17, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Just hope he never has to pull it out on the job when there are other people around.

Posted by: loneranger1937 | March 17, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Let’s see now what would have happened if a civilian had done the same thing.
1] Unlawful discharge of a firearm in a residential area
2] Reckless endangerment
3] Damage to private property
4] False alarm of a fire alarm system
I seriously doubt if this were an accident as I know of no gun that can pull its own trigger. This is a ruse to get this moron off the hook. Why not assess him as a civilian and charge him as if it were an ordinary citizen? The police cannot be trusted and this is merely another example of how they can do no wrong and will do anything to absolve their own of any responsibility for their actions, even when it endangers the public and wastes public resources [fire department false alarm] in the process.

Posted by: OhBrother67 | March 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

This person is unfit for duty. He's the type who would discharge a weapon at someone. He sounds like a loos canon. He should be terminated with judiciousness.

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I meant loose not "loos."

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 17, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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