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U.S. Park Police officer unintentionally shoots colleague at Virginia rally


An off-duty U.S. police officer unintentionally shot and killed another off-duty officer over the weekend in Virginia while he pulled the trigger on a weapon he thought was unloaded, police said.

Alexander Roy, 25, was charged with involuntary manslaughter for killing Jesse Brown Hernandez, 22, as they attended a gathering at an apartment in McLean, Virginia, about 10 miles west of Washington , D.C.

Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight on Sunday.

Two other people, including another U.S. Park Police officer, were also at the gathering. Police said alcohol was believed to be a factor in the shooting. Roy is being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center without bail.

Hernandez was found dead with a gunshot wound to his upper body. The investigation is ongoing and the Fairfax County Police Department is asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them.

The United States Park Police serve the National Park Service and surrounding communities. They also provide security for the President, Secretary of the Interior and visiting dignitaries.

A news release from the U.S. Park Police said they were aware of the incident and directed all questions regarding the investigation to Fairfax County Police.

“Our current focus is on supporting the family, friends and colleagues of our employees involved in this tragic incident. USPP has nothing further to share at this time,” the U.S. Park Police said in a statement.


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