(Updated at 9:10 a.m. on May 13) Virginia State Police have arrested a woman after she allegedly fired a gun outside near the Alexandria Courthouse on King Street. One shot was allegedly fired, and no one was injured in the incident.
The area of King Street between Washington Street and St. Asaph Street was shut down for hours in the late afternoon. A VSP special agent was walking out of his vehicle near the courthouse when he heard the shot.
“As he was exiting his department vehicle, he heard a gun being fired,” VSP said in a statement. “Seconds later, he witnessed a woman with a gun in her hand walking briskly towards an SUV. The 46-year-old Maryland woman got into the SUV and drove away. Note: This incident did not occur AT the courthouse or on courthouse property.“
A shell casing was recovered at the scene, according to VSP.
The area is near the Alexandria Courthouse, hotels, businesses and City Hall. Employees of area businesses told ALXnow that they heard a single shot, and were told by police that a female suspect was apprehended.
The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Park Police on the Key Bridge, which is in the Washington, D.C. portion of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
“Charges are pending, as the investigation remains ongoing at this time,” VSP said.
ALERT:: King St. is closed between Washington St. & St. Asaph St. for a police investigation involving a weapons violation. Virginia State Police is leading the investigation. Will update when King St reopens.
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) May 12, 2021