UPDATE: Massasas police officer-involved shooting

Eighteen-year-old identified, awaiting court date

MANNASAS, Va. -
On May 19, the Prince William County Police Department received an emergency call from someone reporting a shooting involving a vehicle on Bristow Road.
 
It was then that police officers shot the 18-year-old. That man has been identified as Luis Daniel Molina. 
 
He was charged with one count of attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer and another count of felony eluding.
 
An officer of Prince William County explains how the situation proceeded: 
 
"Parties involved were questioned, including the suspect, the juvenile passenger and the multiple officers that were at the scene. We determined that of the officers at the scene, two of them were the ones that fired. But we spoke to them, we collected the information, we presented the case to the Commonwealth Attorney's Office," said Jonathan Perok, Prince William County Police. 
 
According to officers at the Prince William County Police Department and Manassas City Police, Attorney Paul Ebert declared the shooting justified. 
 
"The officers responded to what they believe to be is a violation of the law. They presented the firearm, which they believed to be a deadly weapon and used lethal force. I think it was justified under the circumstances,” said Paul Ebert, Commonwealth Attorney, Prince William County. 
 
The senior Manassas City Police Officer offered some perspective from an officer's point of view. 
 
"It is never a good day when an officer has to use lethal force, but we are just glad that none of the citizens or none of the officers were hurt,” said Charles Sharp, Senior Police Officer. 
 
The attorney gave his reaction to the public’s take on his decision.
 
"I don't look at public opinion. I have got to do my job the way I see it," said Ebert. 
 
The accused man has been taken into custody of the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center with a court date set for July 17. 
 
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A shooting involving two Manassas City Police officers was ruled justified by a Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney.
 
The attorney said the officers were reasonably afraid for their lives in shooting 18-year-old Luis Molina, of Woodbridge.
 
The shooting happened at George Hellwig Memorial Park around 12:40 a.m. last Friday morning. According to officials, Molina called in a false news tip, saying that shots had been fired.
 
Molina gave officers his license plate information which led to a pursuit in Prince William County. Officers attempted a traffic stop, but the driver did not stop. During the pursuit, the suspect struck a Manassas City police cruiser, a tree and a light post. 
 
Officials said the suspect then exited the vehicle and pointed a weapon at the officers. Then, the two police officers fired shots, striking Molina. 
 
No officers were injured during the incident.
 
Molina has been treated for his injuries and is charged with one count of attempted malicious wounding of an officer and one count of felony eluding.  
 
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The Prince William County Police Department received an emergency call from someone reporting a shooting involving a vehicle on Bristow Road.
 
According to the police, the 18-year-old called in a fake news tip which then led them to his vehicle.
 
Sergeant Jonathan Perok, a Prince William County Police Officer who arrived on the scene shortly after, described the situation as soon as the police arrived.
 
"Manassas Police had confronted the driver who had exited the vehicle. The driver was armed with a weapon. Manassas Police opened fire, striking the driver," said Sgt. Perok.
 
Manassas City Police responded to the news tip, claiming a series of gunshots in the city.
 
The driver of the vehicle failed to stop for the officers, and the situation continued, eventually ending at George Hellwig Park.
 
It was then that the police officers shot the 18-year-old man. Allegedly, the officers aided the driver until fire and rescue units arrived. The driver was then flown to a local hospital, where he is now stated to be in critical condition.
 
"We arrived, [and] we rendered aid to the driver until our paramedics could arrive on scene," said Sgt. Perok.
 
According to the Prince William County Police Department, the officers involved in the incident, the 18-year-old driver and his juvenile passenger will be questioned this weekend. 
 
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An officer-involved shooting happened early Friday morning in Virginia.
 
According to reports, Prince William County Police are investigating the Manassas City Police-involved shooting, which happened at George Hellwig Memorial Park on Bristow Road.
 
Manassas City Police initially responded around 12:40 a.m. to investigate a report of shots fired in the city. Officers found a vehicle that was possibly involved and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle did not stop, and police pursued the vehicle into Prince William County, where it eventually stopped inside a park.
 
During the incident, the driver of the vehicle, an 18-year-old man, was shot by Manassas City Police officers.
 
No officers were injured. The driver was flown to a local hospital with serious injuries. A juvenile passenger was also inside the vehicle at the time of the incident but was not hurt.
 
Prince William County Police are investigating the shooting, while Manassas City Police Internal Affairs are handling the administrative aspect of the incident.

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