Drug deal at Fairfax mall ends in shooting involving officer: police

Two men have been charged for their involvement in a shooting involving a Fairfax officer, officials said.

On August 2 at approximately 10:45 p.m., law enforcement was investigating an illegal drug trade at the Seven Corners Mall when they witnessed Jeffrey Payne, 41, facilitating the sale of drugs, according to the County Police Department. of Fairfax.

Officers said Payne arrived at the mall in an Acura MDX with another man, Maurice Minor, 29, in the passenger seat.

During officers’ attempt to stop Payne’s Acura, Payne drove off recklessly to avoid police, authorities said.

Law enforcement said they immobilized the car and when the suspects ignored repeated commands, an officer shot Payne in the upper body, police said.

After Payne was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, he was detained in the adult detention center and charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I and II drug, authorities said.

The minor was charged with possession with intent to distribute a Schedule I and II drug, police said.

The unidentified officer who shot Payne was described as an 11-year veteran and was placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy, officials said.

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