The sixth law enforcement officer to die in the Line of Duty for the month of June was shot and killed at approximately 11:05 pm on Friday, June 6th in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Police Officer Todd Bahr of the Fredericksburg Police Department was on foot looking for a male suspect in a domestic violence call with other officers when he was shot once in the head. Nearby officers heard the shot and located the suspect who then opened fire on them. Officers returned fire, striking the suspect several times before he turned his gun on himself and ended his own life.
While Virginia State Police are assisting in the investigation, the Stafford Sheriff’s Office has sent trained workers to help Fredericksburg Police officers and dispatchers deal with the tragedy. Officer Bahr is the second area officer killed in the line of duty within the past year; Stafford Deputy Jason Mooney died in October when he wrecked while responding to a serious accident on Interstate 95.
Office Bahr, age 40, joined the Fredericksburg Police Department in August of 2006. Prior to that he owned a gun shop in Stafford and worked as an auxiliary officer. "He was a great guy, one of the nicest guys you'd ever want to meet," Fredericksburg Police Chief David Nye said. "But sometimes bad things happen, and they happen to good people."
Sadly, bad things happening to good people seem to be happening way too often lately.