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Person hospitalized after officer-involved shooting in Alexandria

Police: Officer-involved shooting in Alexandria, suspect shot by officer. (Photo: Victoria Sanchez, ABC7)

One person is in the hospital after Alexandria Police said an officer shot that person when they pointed a handgun at them.

Multiple residents called 911 after hearing gunshots around 4:20 p.m. Sunday along the 900 block of North Patrick Street.

Virginia State Police’s Bureau of Investigations is taking the lead, looking into the shots fired and officer-involved shooting. Alexandra Police Chief Mike Brown said handing the investigation to State Police is an effort at transparency. This is a first for the department.

“We take these very seriously and the city does too,” Brown said.

The chief was at the scene reassuring residents.

“He came by, shook my hand and said, ‘I hope you’re OK,’” said Nancy Gagnon, who lives a half block from the shooting.

Nancy and her husband Chuck heard the initial shots but dismissed them as not being gunfire. They soon realized what happened.

“I would say, within five minutes, I was downstairs to take my dog for a walk, and police activity was very intense at that time,” Nancy said.

Police said residents gave descriptions of multiple suspects. When officers arrived, they found on person matching the vague description with a weapon.

“The officer gave commands for the suspect to stop, the suspect then apparently turned and we believe pointed a weapon at the officer, the officer returned fire and hit the suspect,” Brown said.

That suspect did not fire but a handgun was found.

“If an officer is being confronted with deadly force, an officer needs to protect himself and protect the community,” Chuck said.

Despite the shooting, the Gagnon’s said they feel safe in the community.

Brown would not give a description of the suspect, including whether the person is a man or woman. They are in the hospital recovering.

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