JOHN KELLY’S WASHINGTON

The Washington Post Sunday - - METRO - BY SPENCER S. HSU spencer.hsu@wash­post.com

The Great Fire of Lit­tle Falls Creek cre­ated a mas­sive river of flames 30 feet high in 1958.

Prince Wil­liam County po­lice re­leased few new de­tails Satur­day about an of­fi­cer’s fa­tal shoot­ing of a 15-year-old boy out­side a house in Hay­mar­ket pend­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by Com­mon­wealth’s At­tor­ney Paul B. Ebert (D) into whether the shoot­ing was jus­ti­fied, a po­lice spokesman said.

Of­fi­cer Nathaniel J. Probus said the in­quiry is ex­pected to be com­pleted within a week.

Probus said Satur­day that the of­fi­cer, who was among the first to ar­rive on the scene Fri­day, fired more than one shot from a hand­gun. The of­fi­cer re­mains on rou­tine ad­min­is­tra­tive leave af­ter the in­ci­dent, said Probus, who de­clined to say how many times the teen was struck, the iden­tity of the teen or the length of time the of­fi­cer has been on the force.

The shoot­ing oc­curred out­side a town­house about 10:45 a.m. Fri­day in the 6800 block of Hartzell Hill Lane af­ter a re­port of a po­ten­tial hostage sit­u­a­tion, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers and a tac­ti­cal re­sponse team con­verged at the ad­dress af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion that one of the par­ties in­volved had a bomb strapped to his chest and was hold­ing a fam­ily mem­ber hostage, po­lice said. When they ar­rived, they found the 15-year-old out­side his home.

Po­lice said that dur­ing the en­counter, the teen bran­dished a crow­bar, be­gan walk­ing to­ward the of­fi­cers in a threat­en­ing man­ner and re­fused com­mands to drop the crow­bar.

No bomb was found, po­lice said.

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