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Officer Placed On Leave After Fatal Shooting
Driver Faces Charges
POSTED: 5:04 pm EST February 25, 2006
UPDATED: 5:30 pm EST February 25, 2006
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- An Alexandria police officer has been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a teenager at a restaurant parking lot.
Police said the officer was working off-duty as a security guard at an I-HOP restaurant on Duke Street at about 3:40 a.m. when an employee told him that a group of customers had left without paying.
Spokeswoman Amy Bertsch said the officer attempted to stop the customers from fleeing in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, and that he fired at the vehicle when it traveled toward him.
Bertsch said Aaron Brown, 18, of Springfield, a back seat passenger, was hit by a bullet and died at the scene. Three other people in the Jeep were not hurt.
Stephen Smith, 19, of Alexandria, who was driving the vehicle, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.
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