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Man shot by undercover detective in Fairfax County, police say

The incident Tuesday night occurred in the Seven Corners area


A man was shot and wounded Tuesday night in Fairfax County by an undercover narcotics detective who was trying to arrest him, said Kevin Davis, the county police chief.

The man was taken to a hospital, and his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, police said.

The man was shot in a vehicle in the Seven Corners area as undercover detectives tried to make an arrest in a drug investigation, Davis said at a news briefing. The shooting happened near Arlington Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive, according to police.

As detectives went to take the occupants of a vehicle into custody, the vehicle “took off,” driving fast and jumping curbs, Davis said. Police “blocked that car in,” and detectives again tried to make an arrest, he said.

At some point, a detective “discharged his firearm,” striking an occupant, Davis said.

It was not clear what caused the detective to fire. No one involved in the incident was identified by name.