Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 23 years
Badge # 1417
Incident Date: 5/8/2006
Weapon: Rifle; .30-.06
Offender: Shot and killed
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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