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Police wound two in Woodbridge gun battle

- — Clarence Williams, Dana Hedgpeth and Olivia Diaz

Prince William County and Manassas City police officers wounded two people Thursday night in a gun battle that erupted during an undercover operation targeting possible fentanyl distributo­rs in Woodbridge, officials said.

Police said two people were wounded during the shooting in the area of Cloverdale Road and Fox Glove Court at about 7 p.m.

The incident unfolded during “a multiagenc­y undercover operation” that involved police from the county, Manassas City and Manassas Park, along with agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said Prince William County Deputy Chief Jarad Phelps.

Two people — a 30-year-old man and an unidentifi­ed man — were struck and taken to a hospital for gunshot wounds to the upper body, police said. A third 18-year-old man was present but was not hurt in the incident, police said. No officers were injured, Phelps said. Police said in a statement that “it is not currently known if the rounds fired by police struck the men.”

At least two county officers and two Manassas City officers fired their weapons during “an exchange of gunfire,” Phelps said. Police declined to describe the nature of the operation or what led to shots being fired.

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