Cop fires at Virginia Beach woman after she allegedly stabbed bank teller

VIRGINIA BEACH — A police officer shot at a local woman authorities say stabbed a teller at the Navy Federal Credit Union in the 5200 block of Providence Road Friday afternoon.

It remains unclear whether the shot struck the suspect, who was identified as Shontrina Fountain, 39.

Police spokeswoman Tonya Pierce said it’s unknown “if the injuries (of the suspect) are related to the discharge of the officer’s firearm.”

Pierce described the suspect’s injuries as “minor.” By Friday night, police said “medical personnel at the hospital determined the injury to be more serious but non-life threatening.”

Fountain is charged with malicious wounding (from the bank incident), and felony assault on a law enforcement officer.

“Upon release from the hospital, custody of Fountain will be turned over to the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office,” Pierce said Friday night.

It all started with an incident police were called to at the credit union around 1:17 p.m.

Pierce said Fountain walked into the bank and stabbed a teller. The woman then drove away.

Police said the incident was “not a robbery.”

The teller was taken to a hospital with what Pierce described as non-life-threatening injuries.

A “Be On the Lookout” with the suspect’s description and description of the vehicle was broadcast to surrounding officers.  An officer spotted the suspect’s vehicle and attempted to stop it, but the driver refused, Pierce said.

“For the public’s safety, the officer attempted a rolling roadblock in the 4800 block of Baxter Road,” Pierce said.

Officers were able to stop the car but “the driver refused the officers’ verbal commands,” Pierce said. “An officer deployed their Taser at the suspect, but the results were ineffective.”

Fountain then got out of the car and “lunged at the officer with a weapon,” and the officer fired.

“As this incident resulted in an officer discharging their firearm, the officer will be placed on administrative duty per our departmental policy,” Pierce wrote in a news release. “A three-prong investigation will be conducted by the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the department’s Office of Internal Affairs, and the department’s Homicide Unit.”

Citing an open investigation, Pierce declined to say the type of weapon Fountain had (when she allegedly lunged at the officer).

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.