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Suspect opens fire on police cruiser during attempted traffic stop in Virginia

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The Fairfax County police car that was hit by gunfire early Monday.  Credit: Fairfax County PD.
The Fairfax County police car that was hit by gunfire early Monday. Credit: Fairfax County PD.

Authorities are looking for a suspect who opened fire on a police officer while fleeing a traffic stop in Fairfax County, VA.

As the officer attempted to make the traffic stop, the suspect’s vehicle stopped, and a passenger jumped out and ran away. The suspect then sped away, turned around in a cul-de-sac, and opened fire on the officer while driving at him.

The officer’s vehicle was struck multiple times with gunfire, however the officer was not injured.

“I am grateful that our officer went home safe last night…Their actions are not only dangerous and deadly to law enforcement but they are a threat to the entire community,” Police Chief Edwin Roessler Jr. said in a department-wide message Monday.

Police say the suspect’s vehicle may have been a white Toyota or Mazda from the late 90s to early 2000s. The car had black molding on the doors and the passenger side window may have been shattered, according to NBC4.

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call police at 703-691-2131.

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