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Man arrested for firing shots at Fairfax County police cruiser

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA — With the help of the Herndon Police Department, Fairfax County Police said it has arrested and charged a man accused of firing shots at a marked police cruiser.

Brian Neftali Landaverde, 21, of Herndon, Va., has been charged with attempted capital murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony related to the January 22 incident.

Police said that an officer was attempting a traffic stop on Georgetown Pike near Rossmore Ct. in the Great Falls area. The car stopped and a passenger jumped out and ran. The driver then sped off, made a U-turn, drove towards the officer and fired several shots, hitting the cruiser at least twice. The officer was not injured.

“We have made an arrest and made our county safer by taking these violent thugs off the street,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Ed Roessler.

The break in the case came Monday night when members of the Herndon Police Department responded to a call of a man displaying a gun in the 1000 block of Elden St. When officers arrived, the suspect, Landaverde, tried to run, but was caught and charged with possession of a stolen firearm.

Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard said statements made by Landaverde following the arrest led police to believe he was connected to the Great Falls shooting.

"Certainly, there’s a lot of luck involved that we would respond to a call that would end up connected in that respect. It’s what you do with that information when you get there,” added DeBoard.

Police said that they had recovered the vehicle involved in the Sunday night incident.

"And it appears that the gunshots were fired from inside the vehicle, through the windshield, at our police officer,” said Roessler.

Roessler added that two juveniles are also being questioned in connection with this case, but do not face any charges at this time. Police had said that there were two juveniles in the car with Landaverde during the initial attempted police stop.