Police: Shots Fired, Attempted Entering in Alexandria Incidents

Helicopter, K-9 units respond to suspicious noise report.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)

The Fairfax County Police Department helicopter and K-9 units tried to locate a person who may have tried to break into a home on the 2500 block of Windbreak Drive Wednesday, police reported.

A resident called police shortly after 11 a.m. Wednesday reporting a suspicious noise, according to Fairfax County police reports. A police investigation revealed that someone had tried to enter the home. Nothing was taken, and police have not located the suspect.

Also Wednesday, Fairfax County Police Department officers responded to a suspicious noise call in the 8300 block of Claremont Woods Drive shortly after 9:30 p.m. Police discovered that two bullets had struck a nearby home, and police are investigating, officials reported.

Anyone with information about these cases is asked to contact Fairfax County police officials. Residents may call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477), e-mail through www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

oldtowner April 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM
to the Editor: Your headline is incorrect. Both these incidents occurred in Fairfax County. You show a picture of a Fairfax County police car and the article references the Fairfax County police. Please consult a map. These incidents did not happen in the City of Alexandria. Very misleading headline.
Jennifer April 28, 2014 at 09:29 AM
@oldtowner -- Fairfax County is a very large place. These crimes occurred in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. Please consult a map.
oldtowner April 29, 2014 at 05:11 PM
No, Jennifer....you consult a map. You can call it the "Alexandria section of Fairfax County".....but that is fairly meaningless....it's still Fairfax County. It's more like the Mount Vernon District or the Lee District of Fairfax County.....the folks that live there don't pay taxes to Alexandria, don't go to Alexandria schools, don't vote in Alexandria elections, and they are served by Fairfax County Police and Fire. The southern City limit of Alexandria ends (approximately) at the Beltway.....no matter what your mailing address is, you do NOT live in Alexandria. For example, West Potomac High School has an "alexandria" mailing address. Is it an Alexandria public school? No. It's a Fairfax County Public School. Alexandria has an elected Mayor and Council. Fairfax County has an elected Board of Supervisors.....different entities, different geographic boundaries, different governments, different taxes. Do your homework. Check out this map...and note that Alexandria is not part of Fairfax County. News should be reported accurately. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/maps/images/maps/handouts/pdf07/supervisordistricts.pdf
TrustMe May 03, 2014 at 12:09 PM
You go ahead and tell the post office that it's not Alexandria. Just because you don't want it to be true, doesn't mean that it isn't.
oldtowner May 04, 2014 at 05:02 PM
So do you vote for the Mayor of Alexandria? Do you pay taxes to the City of Alexandria? Do your high schoolers go to TC Williams (Alexandria's only high school)? Your mailing address might say "Alexandria" but that is a historical vestige from the past....I mean, Alexandria used to be part of D.C. in the 1800's....but I don't tell people I live in DC. Did you look @ the link I provided, which is a map of Fairfax County? It clearly indicates that the City of Alexandria ends at the Beltway. It's true that many "sections" of the Mt. Vernon and Lee Districts of Fairfax County are referred to as "the Alexandria section of Fairfax" and the mailing address might read "Alexandria." So be it.....but they are not physically nor legally part of Alexandria. I know it can be confusing, but educate yourself. One thing you should do is look @ real estate listings....oftentimes a home will be advertised as being in "Alexandria" but if the MLS listing number begins with "FX" it's in Fairfax County. This can be confusing, but it ain't rocket science. If the folks who live in Hybla Valley (Rt. 1 South) want to complain about crime in their neighborhood, should they come to Alexandria City Hall to testify? No! They need to complain to their supervisor on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. That also confuses folks; Virginia has separate Counties and Cities. Fairfax County is a county and Alexandria is a City. Again, I think you should educate yourself about these issues and the newspapers could definitely do a better job of explaining them.....especially as it relates to crime.


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