PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. — Two people were injured during a shooting involving police Thursday night, according to Prince William County Police.
Officers say the shooting happened shortly after 7 p.m. in the 14700 block of Fox Glove Court in Woodbridge.
In a press conference following the shooting, officials revealed the shooting happened during an undercover operation involving Prince William County Police (PWCPD), Manassas City Police, Manassas Park Police, ATF and the FBI. Members of the multi-agency narcotics task force were conducting an undercover operation into Fentanyl distribution in the area.
During the operation, there was an exchange of gunfire between members of the task force and "people involved in the operation," Prince William County Police said in a press release.
According to officials, two PWCPD detectives and two Manassas City detectives fired their weapons.
Police say two men who were involved in the distribution operation were shot. Those injured were only identified by police as a 30-year-old man and an unidentified man. Both of the men were taken to an area hospital for gunshot wounds to the upper body. Their current conditions are not known at this time. Another person, an 18-year-old man, was also present during the exchange of gunfire, but was not hurt, according to police.
It is not known how many rounds fired by police struck the men. No officers were injured, and no other injuries were reported.
Officials say there is no active threat to the community.
At the direction Prince William County Police Chief Peter Newsham and Manassas City Police Chief Doug Keen, the regional Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) was activated to conduct the criminal investigation into the officer’s actions during the incident, police said. The Arlington County Police Department will lead the criminal investigation along with other members from agencies in the region serving on the team. Once a thorough investigation is complete, the matter will be reviewed by the Commonwealth Attorney for Prince William County for determination of criminal liability regarding the actions by police. No agency involved in the shooting will be a part of the criminal investigation.
In addition to the independent criminal investigation, both involved agencies will conduct separate administrative investigations. The detectives involved in this incident will be placed on routine paid leave by their respective agency as both investigations continue.
CIRT investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed this incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince William County Police Department tip line at 703-792-7000. Any tips received about this case will be redirected to CIRT investigators.
This is a developing story. More details will be added as they become available.
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