06/06/2009

Rookie Va. officer's stand likely saved others

The Virginian-Pilot
Editorial

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — We should all pray for police officers like Sean Fleming. First, that the Chesapeake rookie recovers fully from the bullet wounds he suffered in the horrific shootout on an Interstate 64 ramp Monday afternoon. Second, that the people across South Hampton Roads, and this nation, are fortunate enough to have such men and women defending us.

Fleming, 26, has been on the job with the Chesapeake Police Department less than a year. He was heading home Monday afternoon in his Jeep following his shift in Deep Creek, when he pulled over for officers trailing a white van. Fleming turned on his radio, heard "shots fired" and followed the pursuit. The van crashed at the on-ramp from North George Washington Highway.

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