05/08/2006

Three officers wounded by gunfire outside Va. station

The Associated Press

CHANTILLY, Virginia- A gunman opened fire outside a suburban Washington police station wounding three officers before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

One officer sustained minor wounds. The conditions of the other two were not released. The suspect died at the scene, police said Monday.

Fairfax County police officer Rich Henry said the gunman opened fire in a back parking lot. It was unclear whether he had an accomplice, so authorities blocked roads throughout the area and locked down nearby buildings, including a high school.

Police department spokesman Lt. Mike Fish said the mid-afternoon shootings occurred at the Sully District Station. Two officers were taken to a hospital, but authorities would not release their names or details of their injuries.

The gunman's name was not disclosed.

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