Officer fires at suspects on GMU campus

August 30, 2013

A campus police officer fired shots Friday on the George Mason University campus after another officer was struck by a car she was trying to stop, authorities said.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. near the Rappahannock River parking garage on the northeast side of the campus in Fairfax , said campus police chief Eric Heath.

Heath said officers were called about two men who appeared intoxicated as they headed toward the garage. After being found, the men ran to a car and , sped through the garage, he said. The officer was struck as she tried to stop the car, Heath said. She was not seriously injured, he said.

He said the second officer, who was backing up the first, fired two shots, No one was hit, he said.

He said additional officers arrived and stopped a vehicle on Route 123.

It was unclear why the men were on campus, Heath said. He said they were not students, or faculty or staff members.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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