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Officer investigating U-Haul stolen from Richmond attacked in his cruiser

Posted at 12:53 PM, May 12, 2023

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Virginia police officers shot and killed a man who had attacked a third police officer inside his cruiser, the police chief said.

A Fairfax County police officer was investigating a U-Haul truck at a gas station in the Alexandria area that had been reported stolen out of Richmond, Virginia, and approached a man standing beside the truck Thursday, police Chief Kevin Davis said at a news conference.

The man shoved the officer through the open door of his cruiser and got on top of the officer, attacking him, Davis said. As the cruiser reversed out of control into the parking lot of a neighboring McDonald’s restaurant, where it hit a parked car, the officer broadcast calls for help saying the man had his gun, he said.

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Two uniformed officers arrived, one fired several rounds and the other ran toward the vehicle, pulled the man off the officer being attacked and fired, striking the man, who died on the scene, Davis said.

“This scene was highly unusual and I’ve been on a lot of these scenes. I have never quite seen something like this," Davis said. "That police officer, this was literally inside of his own police car fighting for his life.”

The officer had cuts, scrapes, bruises, and a bloody right eye. Davis said he expected the officer to be released from the hospital.

Davis said investigators were reviewing body-worn camera footage of the incident.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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