One man was shot and two Fairfax County police officers were injured yesterday during an incident that started as a traffic stop near Tysons Corner mall and ended in an evening rush-hour police pursuit that wound around the Capital Beltway to Silver Spring, police said.
Late last night, three suspects had been taken into custody after their car struck other vehicles in the Woodside area of Montgomery County. But the fourth suspect, a woman who was believed to be barefoot, ran into an area adjacent to a wooded park, police said.
The incident began shortly before 7 p.m., when plainclothes anti-shoplifting officers noticed a group of shoppers who they suspected of criminal activity, said Officer Shelley Broderick, a police spokeswoman. Officers followed the shoppers outside and stopped their car, a gray Honda Civic, on Gallows Road near Route 7, she said.
Two officers were injured during the traffic stop, but Broderick would not say how. The officers were not shot, she said. At least one officer fired shots during the melee, and one man was struck.
The vehicle fled onto the inner loop of the Beltway, with Fairfax County police in pursuit.
After traveling about 15 miles on the Beltway during evening rush, the Honda headed south on Colesville Road in Montgomery County, and Montgomery County police officers joined the chase. The pursuit ended when the Honda struck at least one other vehicle near Dale Drive, authorities said.
Two women were taken into custody; the man was transported to a hospital with a gunshot wound, said Officer Sonia Pruitt, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman. A third woman, who was believed to be barefoot, ran down a street along Sligo Creek Park, which is heavily wooded.
"Three or four cops say, 'Where is she? Where is she?' '' witness Thomas Horton told WRC-TV (Channel 4). The woman remained at large late last night, and a two-block stretch of Colesville Road was closed to northbound traffic.