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Police: 18-year-old man shot by Manassas Police made fake 911 call prior to incident

Police investigate after 18-year-old shot by Manassas City Police officer. (ABC7)

Authorities are investigating after an 18-year-old man was shot by Manassas City Police officers around 12:30 a.m. Police say it was later determined that this same man called in a fake tip to 911 about a shooting in Manassas and gave a description of his own vehicle shortly before a police pursuit that led up to the police-involved shooting.

Police say, after receiving the 911 call about the shooting in Manassas, a responding officer spotted the black SUV described in the call and attempted a traffic stop. The 18-year-old driver refused to stop and a police-pursuit followed. Police say the pursuit continued into Prince William County where the 18-year-old pulled into the George Hellwig Memorial Park at 14420 Bristow Road. It's unclear exactly what took place once the suspect pulled into the park, but Prince William County Police say the 18-year-old crashed his vehicle into a tree and a light post. Officials say some sort of confrontation with police followed and two officers opened fire. Officers from the Prince William County Police Department arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting and assisted Manassas City Police officers in rendering aide to the 18-year-old, who was then air-lifted to a hospital by emergency personnel with serious injuries. Officials say the 18-year-old is expected to survive.

Furthermore, police say a BB gun was also recovered from the scene.

"The suspect exited his vehicle. It's unclear if the suspect shot at our officers but we do know what he did have a weapon," Cheif Douglas Keen said.

Police say a 15-year-old runaway from the Woodbridge area was also in the vehicle with the 18-year-old but was uninjured and reunited with her family.

None of the six Manassas City officers who responded to the incident were injured but police say two cruisers were struck during the pursuit.

Prince William County Police confirmed they were not involved in the pursuit or the shooting but since it took place within the limits of the county they are investigating the "criminal aspect" of the shooting while Manassas City Police are handling the "administrative aspect of the incident."

This is a developing story.



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