Shots fired at Suffolk police officer

Freeney Avenue in Suffolk, Va. Photo taken August 19, 2014. (WAVY/Liz Palka)

SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Suffolk police officer says a group of men yelled something as she drove by, then fired shots at her.

The officer was driving her patrol car down Freeney Avenue shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, with her driver side window down, when she noticed five black males on the left side of the road. They yelled at her as she passed, but she couldn’t make out what they said. She looked in her rear view mirror as she drove by and watched as one of the men fired three shots in her direction. She saw the muzzle flashes and felt the bullets pass by her open window, according to Suffolk Police.

“She could certainly feel the whiz of the bullets as they passed by her driver’s side window,” said Diana Klink, a police spokeswoman.

The officer was not injured, and when she turned her vehicle around, the group ran away. Additional officers responded to the scene, but the suspects were not located.

WAVY News’ Liz Palka spoke to several neighbors in the area. All said they didn’t hear the reported shots fired at the officer. However, all agreed shots fired at an officer, or anyone, doesn’t belong anywhere.

“It’s uncalled for,” said Jerome Stagg. “It’s just a terrible thing to do.”

Klink said an officer was dispatched to the intersection of Freeney Avenue and S. 11th St. for a gunshots call just prior to the other officer’s incident. The other officer just happened to be in the same area.

This case remains under investigation.

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