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Police Chase and Shootout in Haymarket



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    A man involved in a domestic violence investigation in Haymarket, Va. fired on police during a chase on Sunday morning.

    A reported domestic violence incident in Haymarket turned into an exchange of bullets early Sunday morning, Prince William County police reported.

    Shortly before 1 a.m., officers received a call reporting a domestic dispute between a husband and wife on Wheelwright Way in Haymarket.   The call to emergency services reported that shots had been heard.

    When police arrived on the scene, they said the husband, Jason Michael Paul, 38, fled the scene in a Hyundai Santa Fe, driving at a high rate of speed on to Route 15.  Police said they gave chase.  A short distance down the road, Paul then crashed into the concrete median near Dominion Valley Drive.

    At that point, police said the suspect exited his vehicle and began to fire shots at the pursuing officers.

    He then reentered the car and continued to drive down Route 15.  Police resumed the chase.

    Near Sudley Road, authorities said the suspect, Paul, again stopped his vehicle and opened fire.  Police said they returned fire and shot the suspect in the hand.  The suspect was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital to receive treatment for his injury, which is non-life threatening.

    Paul has been charged with a raft of charges, including: 5 counts of attempted capital murder, 6 counts of using a firearm in a felony, eluding arrest, and destruction of property.

    Although the suspect discharged his weapon in three separate episodes, neither the wife nor any of the responding officers were struck by any bullets.  Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok said on Sunday, "it's a very lucky morning this morning."