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Master Police Officer Michael E. Garbarino | Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

Master Police Officer

Michael E. Garbarino

Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 23 years

Badge # 1417

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/8/2006

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.06

Offender: Shot and killed

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Master Police Officer Michael Garbarino succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained 9 days earlier when a suspect opened fire on him 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 Officer Garbarino , who was sitting in his patrol car, striking him five times.

Despite being critically wounded, Officer Garbarino was able to broadcast a warning to other officers not to exit the back of the police station.

Detective Vicky 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 the shooter, killing him. In addition to the hunting rifle, the killer was armed with five handguns and another rifle.

Master Police Officer Garbarino and Detective Armel were flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital by members of the agency's helicopter division.

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

Master Police Officer Garbarino had served with the Fairfax County Police Department for 23 years. He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, and sister.

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Detective Vicky Anne Owen Armel
Fairfax County Police Department, Virginia
End of Watch: Monday, May 8, 2006
Cause: Gunfire

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I knew Mike when he lived in New Jersey. For about 5 or 6 years he
was like my other older brother. Mike,my cousins and my family would
camp in Maine. He let me drive his Gran Torino once with him behind
me in the seat when I was about 10 years old. Never forget it,can
remember it like it was a movie I just watched. He was the most
honest person I ever met. Later in life I lost track because he moved
to Virginia to pursue his goal of being a police officer. I later
became an officer for my local Sheriff's Office. I made it to
retirement. Mike didn't, which is probably the most unfair thing I
could ever know. The world lost one of it's best and not just because
he was a cop. If anyone got a ticket to heaven it's Mike with not one

Retired Cpl. Arthur Bessler
Morris County Sheriffs Office
March 18, 2015


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