An 18-year-old man was shot and wounded by Manassas police early Friday after placing a false 911 call saying a shooting was underway, leading officers on a chase and then engaging in a confrontation with them, authorities said.
The unusual incident began about 12:40 a.m., when a 911 call was placed in Prince William County saying a shooting involving a black Ford SUV was occurring in the area of Grant Avenue in Manassas. Detectives later determined that the 18-year-old placed the call and gave a description of his own vehicle, and that no shooting had occurred, police said.
Following the call, officers from Manassas found the Ford and tried to conduct a traffic stop, officials said. But the driver “ignored officers,” a Prince William County police spokesman said, and did not stop the vehicle. Prince William County police are investigating the incident.
During the pursuit, which lasted about 10 minutes, the SUV struck two police cruisers.
The vehicle eventually stopped on Bristow Road, where police said there was a confrontation, followed by officers firing shots. Jonathan Perok, a spokesman for county police, and Douglas Keen, chief of the Manassas police, said what transpired during the confrontation is still under investigation.
Officers performed lifesaving efforts on the teen until rescuers arrived. The suspect was transported to a hospital and was said to be in serious condition. He is expected to survive, Perok said.
Police said they recovered a BB gun, which resembled a firearm, from the scene.
There was also a 15-year-old girl in the vehicle at the time of the incident. She was not hurt, police said. She was later determined to be a runaway from the Woodbridge area and was reunited with her family.
Keen said seven officers, including two who fired their weapons, have been placed on routine administrative leave as the criminal investigation continues and an internal probe gets underway.
“At this point on the surface, it looks like all protocols and policies were followed,” Keen said. “That’s what the internal investigation will determine.”
No charges have been placed in the case. No officers were injured in the shooting.
This was the third officer-involved shooting this week in the Washington area.
On Tuesday, D.C. police fatally shot Isabelle Duval, 41, of Winchester, Va., near the Bald Eagle Recreation Center in Southwest Washington. Police say officers shot Duval after she ignored multiple commands to drop a semiautomatic pistol that she was pointing in their direction.
On Wednesday, police in Arlington, Va., shot a man who allegedly struck an officer with a truck during a traffic stop on the southbound side of Interstate 395 near Glebe Road.
Authorities said Daniel George Boak, 28, of Centreville, Va., was wanted on a warrant issued May 2 by Virginia State Police. He was accused of attempting to falsify a drug test by adulterating or substituting a urine sample, a misdemeanor.