- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 8, 2008

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - A Fredericksburg police officer answering a call about a domestic dispute was shot to death, and the suspect died minutes later after exchanging gunfire with other officers, police said.

City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said Officer Todd Bahr, 40, was killed late Friday night by a single gunshot wound to the head. Gregory Berryman, 47, later was shot several times during a confrontation with other officers in an apartment complex parking lot near the police station.

Police said that after being shot, Berryman put his own gun to his head and fired.

Bledsoe said the trouble started about 8:30 p.m. when Berryman’s former girlfriend called police and reported he had threatened her over the phone. Police advised her to seek a protective order.

Bledsoe said a protective order was denied, but she didn’t know why.

At 10:50 p.m., the woman called police again and said Berryman was brandishing a handgun outside her home. Berryman apparently knew police had been called and drove away, Bledsoe said. He was spotted minutes later by an officer who followed him to the apartment complex, where Berryman got out of his pickup truck and ran.

Bahr was one of several officers who were on foot looking for the suspect, Bledsoe said. At 11:05 p.m., officers heard shots fired. Police believe that is when Bahr was shot.

Officers closed in on Berryman in the parking lot, and more shots were fired. Berryman was dead by 11:09 p.m.

Bahr had been a member of the city police force for two years, Bledsoe said.

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