Suspected Shooter Arrested

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

September 15, 2006

A Massachusetts man was behind bars Friday night after Orange County Sheriffs arrested him. He's accused of shooting a Northern Virginia police officer late Thursday night.

Thursday night a police officer from Prince William County was shot during a traffic stop.

The search for a suspect led authorities to a gated community in northern Orange County. That's where they made Friday's arrest.

Richard DaSilva, 23, was stopped at the entrance of the "Lake of the Woods" community just after 8 a.m. Friday.

The sheriff's office says they searched that neighborhood Thursday night, after they got a tip that DaSilva might be headed there.

So when he showed up in a taxi Friday morning, the guards at the entrance of the gated community held DaSilva and contacted police.

"We were given a bulletin that he was armed and dangerous," said Maj. Donald Brooks, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "We don't like those kinds of people in our community or on our streets. And another brother or sister officers was shot. We kind of take that near and dear to our hearts."

Friday night DaSilva was being held by U.S. Marshalls. The officer he shot was treated and released from a D.C.-area hospital with only minor injuries.

Authorities say it's still unclear what led the man to shoot the Prince William County Officer.

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