Loudoun Co. post office shooting involved special agent, USPS employee

A Postal Service special agent involved in what's described as a "critical incident" shot and wounded another Postal Service employee in a post office parking lot i in Lovettsville, Virginia, Wednesday morning, federal authorities confirm to WTOP. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
A Postal Service special agent involved in what’s described as a “critical incident” shot and wounded another Postal Service employee in a post office parking lot in Lovettsville, Virginia, Wednesday morning, federal authorities confirm to WTOP.

The shooting happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the post office on North Church Street in downtown Lovettsville.
The shooting happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the post office on North Church Street in downtown Lovettsville.

Car at Lovettsville post office
A car that appears to have a window shot out is seen on a parking lot of the Lovettsville post office. NBC Washington’s helicopter was over the scene. Because the victim of the shooting has not been identified, WTOP has blurred the license plate of the car. (Courtesy NBC Washington)

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A Postal Service special agent involved in what's described as a "critical incident" shot and wounded another Postal Service employee in a post office parking lot i in Lovettsville, Virginia, Wednesday morning, federal authorities confirm to WTOP. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
The shooting happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the post office on North Church Street in downtown Lovettsville.
Car at Lovettsville post office

A Postal Service special agent shot and wounded another Postal Service employee in a post office parking lot in Lovettsville, Virginia, Wednesday morning, in what federal authorities described as an “agent-involved” shooting.

The shooting happened just after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the post office on North Church Street in downtown Lovettsville, a small town of about 2,000 people in northern Loudoun County.

The postal employee who was shot was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, according to the Loudoun County’s Sheriff’s Office.

The special agent who fired his weapon works for the U.S. Postal Service Office of the Inspector General, according to Agapi Doulaveris, an office spokeswoman. She said the officer was involved in “a critical incident … which resulted in the agent discharging his firearm and shooting a Postal Service employee.”

The IG’s office investigates waste, fraud and misconduct and its special agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers who carry firearms and can make arrests.

However, it’s unclear why the special agent was at the Lovettsville post office Wednesday morning or what led to the shooting. Neither the agent nor the employee who was wounded have been identified.

In a news released issued Wednesday evening, the sheriff’s office said it would investigate the shooting alongside the IG’s office.

“As this is an ongoing investigation, no further details are being released at this time,” the sheriff’s office said in the statement.

Video footage from NBC Washington’s helicopter Wednesday morning showed a car with what appeared to be a window shot out and the post office parking lot cordoned off.

Below is a map showing the location of the post office:

WTOP’s Neal Augenstein, Teddy Gelman, Colleen Kelleher and Joan Muwahed contributed to this story.

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