Suspect Shot By Police Near Va. Car Dealership

Saturday, Apr 23, 2011  |  Updated 12:52 AM EDT
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The owner of a Springfield, Va., tire store recounts how he and other employees protected young children from a knife-wielding man.

The owner of a Springfield, Va., tire store recounts how he and other employees protected young children from a knife-wielding man.

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Fairfax County police shot and killed a suspect near a car dealership in Springfield, Va., Friday evening.

The shooting is related to a stabbing, witnesses said.

A man ran in to the Goodyear store in the 6600 block of Backlick Road at about 5:30 p.m. saying he had been stabbed. He was followed by a man wielding a large knife, Jackie Bensen reported. Employees and customers shielded children from the man with the knife, and someone inside the store called 911.

The man with the knife left the store. He was encountered by a police officer outside Kay Jennings Springfield Toyota in the 6500 block of Amherst Avenue near the Springfield interchange.

Witnesses said the man with knife chased the officer and tried to stab him. The officer fired in self-defense, killing the suspect, police said.

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