- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 9, 2006

[4:32 p.m.]

An 18-year-old gunman who fatally shot a Fairfax County police officer and wounded two others was armed with an AK-47-style weapon, a high-powered rifle and five handguns when he ambushed the officers yesterday afternoon.

“This was an unprovoked attack, an ambush,” Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer said today.

Police said Michael William Kennedy, 18, of Centreville, was wearing a black mask and dressed in camouflage clothing when he fired more than 70 rounds at officers on the parking lot of the Sully District Station in Chantilly at about 3:50 p.m.

The shots killed Detective Vicky O. Armel, 40, a nine-year member of the Fairfax County Police Department. Detective Armel is the first officer in the Fairfax department’s history to have been fatally shot in the line of duty.

Police said Kennedy attempted to carjack a Ford pickup truck about 20 minutes before the shooting in the 14800 block of Bodley Square in Centreville, but the truck’s owner ran off with the keys in his pocket.

Kennedy then carjacked a Chevrolet minivan in the 6200 block of Paddington Lane at about 3:45 p.m., police said. He drove the van onto the parking lot of the station, got out and began firing at officers.

Detective Armel was responding to a radio broadcast of the attempted carjacking when Kennedy confronted her in the parking lot, police said.

“On the day she died, she was doing her job right to the last moment. It’s the kind of person she was,” said Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert F. Horan Jr.

Four officers, including Detective Armel, fired back at Kennedy and killed him.

A 53-year-old officer who is a 23-year veteran of the force was hit more than five times during the shootout and remains in critical condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

A second officer, 28 and a five-year veteran, had minor injuries.

• This article is based in part on wire service reports

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