A rookie Fairfax County police officer fired off a round inside his apartment in Centreville Sunday night, puncturing an indoor pipe and setting off a mild ruckus in the Post Corners Apartments complex, Fairfax police said Monday.
The incident occurred about 9:10 p.m. in the 5800 block of Post Corners Trail, in the complex near Route 28 and Lee Highway, Officer Tawny Wright said.
The officer, whose name was not released -- Fairfax almost never releases its officers' names, regardless of the circumstances -- accidentally discharged one round from his service weapon, hitting a pipe in his apartment, Wright said.
The shooting apparently set off a leak in the officer's apartment, or perhaps the sprinklers. Wright said the officer believed the sprinklers had been set off in the entire building and called the Fairfax fire department. The fire department responded and restored calm.
The officer has not been charged with a crime, Wright said. He is 24, and has been on the force for six months, Wright said, which is exactly the length of time one spends in the police academy before hitting the streets with a training officer. A new police recruit class graduated last week, and another police source familiar with the case said the officer was in it.
An internal investigation has been launched.
Wright was asked if the officer was intoxicated during the incident. She said that was under investigation.
-- Tom Jackman