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Detective Vicky Anne Owen Armel | Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia


Vicky Anne Owen Armel

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Monday, May 8, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 2806

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.06

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective Vicky Armel was shot and killed when a suspect opened fire on her and other officers in the parking lot of the Sully District Station on Stonecroft Boulevard in Chantilly.

The suspect had carjacked a van moments earlier and drove into the police station's back parking lot. The suspect exited the vehicle and opened fire with a hunting rifle on Master Police Officer Michael Garbarino, who was sitting in his patrol car, striking him five times.

Detective Armel, who was also in the parking lot, immediately engaged the suspect and exchanged shots with the man. She was fatally wounded during the exchange. Several officers who responded to the parking lot also exchanged shots with him, killing him. In addition to the hunting rifle, the suspect was armed with five handguns and another rifle.

Detective Armel and the Master Police Officer Garbarino were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital by members of the agency's Helicopter Division. Master Police Officer Garbarino remained in critical condition for 9 days before succumbing to his wounds.

Investigation revealed that the 18-year-old suspect had been arrested by Fairfax County police officers two weeks earlier for a carjacking he had committed in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Detective Armel had served with the Fairfax County Police Department for 9 years and had previously served with the Fairfax County Sheriff's Office for 8 years. She is survived by her son, a daughter, and her husband, who also serves as an officer with the agency.

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Sister Armel your story touched me so deeply when I was in the academy and still Today. This morning while I was reflecting on Gods Loving Word, the Most High reminded me of your sacrifice and how so similar it was to the Ultimate sacrifice our Lord Jesus performed for the world to see and Behold! Even now at this moment I type with tears falling down my face with Joy knowing that "We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. So, Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service."
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!!!!!!! See You Soon Sister Armel!

PFC Jones
FFX County Sheriff's Office
February 24, 2016


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