Winchester officer killed in crash while on-duty

Officer Hunter Edwards, 30, had served on the Winchester police force for four years. (Courtesy Winchester Police Department)
WASHINGTON — A Winchester, Virginia police officer was killed in a crash on Saturday night while on duty.

Officer Hunter Edwards died in a single vehicle crash on West Jubal Drive in Winchester while responding to reports of an altercation nearby just before 11 p.m., Winchester police said. He was 30 years old.

“This is going to be a very difficult time for Hunter’s family and for each of us,” Chief John Piper told officers gathered to honor their colleague at the Winchester Medical Center on Sunday morning. “Take care of yourselves; take care of each other.”

In his 4 years of service on the Winchester Police Department’s Patrol Division, Edwards also served as a member of the SWAT team and the Civil Disturbance Unit.

Edwards is survived by his wife, Tara Edwards, his stepson and other family members. Funeral arrangements are underway.

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Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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