Police: ATF agents involved in Va. shooting

April 26, 2011

Updated, 1:35 p.m.

The drug suspect shot by Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents Monday night has been charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and felony eluding of an officer, according to Prince William County police.

Police identified the suspect as 38-year-old Henry Pierre Allen, of Landover. Court date and bond information was not available.

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Federal agents shot and wounded a drug suspect in Northern Virginia on Monday evening when he tried to run them down in his car, a law enforcement spokesman said.

Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives opened fire on Dumfries Road in Prince William County during the incident, which followed a chase, said Mike Campbell, a spokesman for the bureau’s Washington field division.

The suspect, Henry Allen, 38, of Landover, was taken to a hospital. Campbell said Allen is expected to survive, but was having surgery.

The matter stemmed from an investigation by the ATF-led Northern Virginia Violent Crime Task Force, Campbell said. Members of the task force, which includes local law enforcement officers, concluded an undercover drug deal in the suspect’s car, in the Dumfries area, and other law enforcement personnel moved in to make an arrest, Campbell said.

However, he said, the suspect fled in his car, and a chase ensued. On Dumfries Road, near Interstate 95, the suspect began to cross the median and may have stopped, according to Campbell.

Agents got out to make an arrest, but the “suspect attempted to run the agents down,” the spokesman said. The agents opened fire with handguns, he said. The matter remained under investigation Monday night.

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