Probably a story here of some sort, but still inexcusable. FWIW, county officers generally carry SIG P228’s, though I have no idea what was used here.www.nbc4.com/news/6417499/detail.html
Fairfax Co. Officer Accidentally Shoots, Kills Man
Police: Investigators Serving Warrant When Officer's Gun Discharged
POSTED: 11:57 pm EST January 24, 2006
UPDATED: 12:08 am EST January 26, 2006
FAIRFAX, Va. -- Police officials in Fairfax County say one of their officers accidentally shot and killed a man late Tuesday night in the 11600 block of Cavalier Landing Court in Fairfax.
A police spokesman said a tactical officer was taking part in an investigation inside a sport utility vehicle when the shooting happened.
Fairfax police said the gunshot, fired from a Fairfax County SWAT team officer, was unintentional.
One man, who asked not to be identified, grabbed his camera, which he sometimes uses for photography work, and took pictures to show the intensity after the first moments of the incident.
"Everything seemed to go down pretty quickly after the yelling and a shot was fired," said the man. "It sounded like something seriously was the matter and going wrong."
At about 9:35 p.m. Tuesday night, police were serving a search warrant in an investigation of an illegal gambling operation. The target of the investigation, Salvatore Culosi, 37, was outside the residence as members of the tactical unit approached, police said. One officer's handgun unintentionally discharged.
The bullet hit Culosi in the upper body. Police said he received immediate medical care and was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he later died.
"On behalf of the Fairfax County Police Department and myself, I wish to express our condolences and sincere sympathy to Mr. Culosi's family and friends," said Fairfax Police Chief David M. Rohrer in a statement issued Wednesday. "We also acknowledge and accept that we have a responsibility to Mr. Culosi's family, to the community and to our officers to conduct a comprehensive, balanced and fair investigation, and we are committed to performing that responsibility. I pledge that we will fully review, as always, our policies, practices, and this operation in detail."
Rohrer said the officer, a 17-year veteran of the department and 7-year member of the tactical unit, is on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.