D.C. Officer Accidentally Shot in Va.
Two D.C. police officers are under investigation after an accidental shooting in Fairfax County early yesterday when one of the officers shot himself in the hand and shoulder with a .22-caliber gun disguised as a pager.
According to Fairfax police, the officer triggered the weapon by pushing a button on the pager-like device, which had been hidden in his house by a roommate, also a D.C. police officer.
"He was looking at the pager, and pushed one of the buttons like he was looking at a pager, and that made the gun go off," Fairfax police officer Debbie Stout said. "It's very James Bond-ish."
The 36-year-old injured officer was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital and released after the 12:30 a.m. incident at his residence in the 5600 block of Bayshire Road.
Fairfax and D.C. police declined to identify the two officers because charges have not been filed. Fairfax police said such pager-guns can be kept legally in a home in Virginia; carrying the device in public requires a concealed-weapons permit.
A D.C. police spokesman said the department will investigate to determine whether either officer should face disciplinary action.
Stout said pager-guns pose a danger to police because they are easily hidden and are not recognizable as a weapon.
NE Man Charged in Manassas Shooting
A 19-year-old District man was charged yesterday in the death of a Fredericksburg man who was killed Saturday in a Manassas shooting.
Bobby Gross, of the 800 block of 11th Street NE, was arrested Monday in Arlington by police who picked him up for an alleged drug violation, police said. A subsequent investigation revealed that Gross was wanted by Prince William County police on charges that he killed Anthony Lloyd, 32, during a shooting outside an apartment complex in the 7600 block of Cass Place. A 22-year-old Goldvein man was also injured in the attack.
Gross was charged yesterday with murder and attempted murder and taken to the Prince William County jail, where he was being held without bond.
Investigators said they have also identified a second suspect in the slaying, Terry Tyrone Ferguson, 17, of the 2300 block of 15th Street NE. They said Ferguson is wanted on charges of murder, malicious wounding and two counts of using a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police said Ferguson is believed to be armed. Because Ferguson is a minor and is being sought by police, investigators yesterday received a court order to publicly release the juvenile's name.
Vandals Trash Vienna Area Property
An unusually vigorous band of vandals trashed a Vienna area property early Saturday, leaving a homemade explosive device in the driveway, decorating the trees and shrubs with about 75 rolls of toilet paper and tossing 50 pounds of topsoil in a swimming pool, Fairfax County police said yesterday.
The vandals also threw patio furniture in the pool and damaged the house and a vehicle there, police said. The vandalism occurred between 1 and 7 a.m., they said.
The Fairfax County fire marshal's office is investigating. "It looks like a group of vandals that went way over the top," said Fairfax County police officer Debbie Stout.
Fairfax Coach Jailed on Peeping Charge
A track coach at Fairfax County's Chantilly High School was arrested early yesterday after allegedly peeping into a window where three 13-year-old girls had gathered.
Fairfax police arrested Grant K. Smith, 20, of 3210 Grassmere Court in the Franklin Farm area of Fairfax County.
Police got a call about 12:40 a.m. from a citizen who reported seeing Smith looking into a basement window of the house where the girls were. An officer found Smith a short distance away, charged him with peeping into an occupied dwelling and released him on a summons.
A person answering the phone at his home address said Smith was not available for comment.
Hyattsville Man Found Shot to Death
A Hyattsville man was found fatally shot outside his apartment building early yesterday, Prince George's County police said.
William Rodney Boykin, 22, of the 5900 block of Knollbrook Drive, was found lying on the ground in front of the Fleetwood Village Apartments about 2 a.m. after a neighbor reported hearing gunshots, police said. Boykin was pronounced dead on the scene. Police said they had no motive or suspects.