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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.