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    Seems like a tragic sad case where the justice system failed to deal adequately with this nutjob.

    http://fredericksburg.com/News/Web/2.../0607shooting/


    City police officer slain by gunshot
    June 7, 2008 12:00 am

    BY KEITH EPPS

    A Fredericksburg police officer and a suspect were killed late last night in
    a shot-filled incident fueled by the suspect's apparent obsession with a
    former girlfriend.

    Officer Todd Bahr, 40, a member of the city force for just under two years,
    was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, city police spokeswoman
    Natatia Bledsoe said.

    The suspect, 47-year-old Gregory Berryman, died in a shoot-out with police
    in the Belmont Apartments parking lot off Cowan Boulevard near the police
    station.

    Bledsoe said Berryman was shot multiple times by city officers after he
    fired shots at them and an unoccupied police cruiser shortly after 11 p.m.

    Police said that after being struck, the suspect put his own gun to his head
    and fired.

    At that time, Bledsoe said, police were unaware that Bahr had been shot. He
    was found about 15 minutes later near the 2500 block of Manor Court.

    According to Bledsoe, the tragic series of events began about 8:30 p.m.,
    when the former girlfriend called police and reported that Berryman had
    threatened her over the phone.

    Bledsoe said the woman was in fear of Berryman and was advised by a police
    officer to seek a protective order.

    *The woman went to a magistrate's office, Bledsoe said, but was not issued a
    protective order.* Bledsoe said she didn't know why the request was denied.

    At 10:50 p.m., the woman called police again. This time she reported that
    Berryman was brandishing a handgun outside her home at the Commons at Cowan
    Boulevard, next to the police station.

    Berryman apparently became aware that the police had been called and drove
    away in a blue pickup truck, Bledsoe said. At 11:02 p.m., he and the truck
    were spotted by a city officer in the nearby Park and Shop Shopping Center.

    The truck took off again, this time with the officer following, Bledsoe
    said. He drove to the Belmont complex, which is next to the former
    girlfriend's apartment complex, and ran from the vehicle.

    Multiple officers were at the scene or heading toward it by this time,
    Bledsoe said. Most of them, including Bahr, were on foot looking for the
    suspect.

    At 11:05 p.m., just three minutes after the suspect was spotted in the
    shopping center, officers heard shots fired. Police suspect that's when Bahr
    was shot, but that hasn't been officially determined as of this morning.

    A couple of minutes later, police encountered Berryman in the Belmont
    parking lot and more shots were fired. Berryman was dead by 11:09 p.m.

    Police then checked the area and Bahr's body was discovered at 11:22 p.m.
    Police suspect that Berryman shot him, but that has not yet been officially
    determined.

    Bahr is a 1986 graduate of Stafford High School. He also attended Hartwood
    Elementary School and Gayle Middle School in Stafford.

    Before joining the city force in August, 2006, Bledsoe said, he owned a gun
    shop in Stafford and worked as an auxiliary officer.

    "He is absolutely one of the nicest, nicest guys around," Bledsoe said.

    Berryman, whose last known address was in Stafford, was no stranger to city
    police. He was arrested in September when he entered a home in the 1500
    block of Airport Avenue looking for the same former girlfriend.

    According to police reports, Berryman was carrying a rifle wrapped in a
    blanket. He confronted a woman who lived there and ordered her to lead him
    to the former girlfriend.

    At that time, police said the woman had broken up with Berryman several
    weeks later. She no longer lived at the residence, and the resident told
    Berryman she didn't know where she'd moved to.

    Berryman was charged with armed breaking and entering, abduction and
    carrying a concealed weapon.

    He was convicted in Fredericksburg General District Court on Oct. 18 of
    brandishing a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon, both misdemeanors,
    and got two 12-month jail terms, one of which was suspended.

    It was not clear this morning when Berryman got out of jail, but defendants
    generally only have to serve half of active misdemeanor sentences, meaning
    Berryman could have been freed after six months from his arrest date.

    Meanwhile, Bledsoe said police are actively investigating three different
    crime scenes葉he area where Bahr was found, the area where Berryman ran from
    his vehicle and the parking lot where the shoot-out took place.

    State police are assisting in the investigations and the Stafford Sheriff's
    Office sent trained workers to help city officers and dispatchers deal with
    the tragedy.

    Bahr is the second area police officer killed in the line of duty within the
    past year. Stafford Deputy Jason Mooney died in October when he wrecked
    while responding to a serious accident on Interstate 95.

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    Anybody know the officer that was killed? He used to be a gunshop owner in the area.


    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- A Fredericksburg police officer was shot dead searching for a gunman late Friday.
    It happened about 11 p.m. in the 2500 block of Manor Court at Belmont apartments, police said. The suspected gunman was also killed in the shootout with officers, police said.
    Todd Allen Bahr, 40, an officer with the Fredericksburg Police Department since 2006, died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

    Police said the man killed was Gregory Berryman, 47, whose last known address was in Stafford.
    City police spokeswoman Natatia Bledsoe said Bahr was killed in one confrontation between the gunman and police. Berryman later was shot several times during a confrontation with other officers in an apartment complex parking lot near the police station.
    Police said that after being shot, Berryman put his own gun to his head and fired.
    Bledsoe said the trouble started about 8:30 p.m. when Berryman's former girlfriend called police and reported he had threatened her over the phone. Police advised her to seek a protective order.
    Bledsoe said a protective order was denied, but she didn't know why.
    At 10:50 p.m., the woman called police again and said Berryman was brandishing a handgun outside her home. Berryman apparently knew police had been called and drove away, Bledsoe said. He was spotted minutes later by an officer who followed him to the apartment complex, where Bledsoe got out of his pickup truck and ran.
    Bahr was one of several officers who were on foot looking for the suspect, Bledsoe said. At 11:05 p.m., officers heard shots fired. Police believe that is when Bahr was shot.
    Officers closed in on Berryman in the parking lot, and more shots were fired. Berryman was dead by 11:09 p.m.
    Bahr had been a member of the city police force for two years, Bledsoe said. Before that he was a gunshop owner who volunteered with the police auxiliary.
    "The men and women of the Fredericksburg Police Department are shocked and saddened by the loss of Officer Bahr," Chief David Nye said. "This is a very tight knit department and we will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."

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    A lot of guys over on AR15.com knew him.
    http://ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=...4&t=312064

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    nitrovic wrote:
    Anybody know the officer that was killed? He used to be a gunshop owner in the area.
    I knew Todd. He was a really nice guy. I purchased my first AR-15 from him when he owned the gun store over on Rt 3. He sold it to Eric when he decided to go from being an Aux Officer to full time. Eric has since moved the store to Tidewater Trail over near the airport and changed the name to Combat Solutions. I purchased many guns from Todd. He always went out of his way to treat me fairly and I was a repeat customer because of it. I have continued being a repeat customer because Eric and Kurt are straight up guys too.

    I was stunned when I flipped on the evening news on Saturday and the lead story was Todd's death. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach when they launched into a F-burg city officer being killed, and it only got worse when his picture popped up on the screen. He was a strong supporter of everyone's right to own and carry. If I was ever in trouble and needed help, Todd is the guy Iwanted to respond to the call.



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    Very sad.
    Bob Owens @ Bearing Arms (paraphrased): "These people aren't against violence; they're very much in favor of violence. They're against armed resistance."

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    RIP Officer Bahr and my best wishes to his family and friends.

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    This took place right in front of my appartment, very sad indeed!

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    les_aker wrote:
    nitrovic wrote:
    Anybody know the officer that was killed? He used to be a gunshop owner in the area.
    I knew Todd. He was a really nice guy. I purchased my first AR-15 from him when he owned the gun store over on Rt 3. He sold it to Eric when he decided to go from being an Aux Officer to full time. Eric has since moved the store to Tidewater Trail over near the airport and changed the name to Combat Solutions. I purchased many guns from Todd. He always went out of his way to treat me fairly and I was a repeat customer because of it. I have continued being a repeat customer because Eric and Kurt are straight up guys too.

    I was stunned when I flipped on the evening news on Saturday and the lead story was Todd's death. I had a sinking feeling in my stomach when they launched into a F-burg city officer being killed, and it only got worse when his picture popped up on the screen. He was a strong supporter of everyone's right to own and carry. If I was ever in trouble and needed help, Todd is the guy Iwanted to respond to the call.

    Thanks for the replies. Do you know if he had any kids? Usually they set up a fund for the family, I haven't heard anything on that yet.

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    nitrovic wrote:
    Thanks for the replies. Do you know if he had any kids? Usually they set up a fund for the family, I haven't heard anything on that yet.
    Per Fredericksburg PD's release, he did not have children. He is survived by a wife, his parents, and a sister and brother-in-law.
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