A Prince William County police motorcycle officer was killed in a fiery wreck Monday afternoon on Va. 28 near Piper Lane just outside Manassas.
The crash happened at 2:04 p.m. near the Super Target as the officer was responding to a report of another crash, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
Police identified the victim as Officer Chris Yung, 35. He had worked for the department for seven years and was assigned to the traffic unit as a motorcycle officer.
No one else was injured in the crash. Perok said the preliminary investigation shows the minivan driver was making a left turn from northbound Va. 28 into the Target shopping center, crossing in front of the officer who was traveling south on Nokeville Road. No charges had been filed Monday night. The investigation continues, Perok said.
A command post was set up in the parking lot of the Target store across from the accident scene and police said the road would be closed for an “unknown amount of time.” Traffic was being rerouted onto Hornbaker Road.
Police officers from around the county responded en masse as the gravity of the wreck became apparent.
Acting Prince William police Chief Barry Barnard asked for the public's "thoughts and prayers as the department copes with the loss of a colleague and friend," police said in a news release.
Yung was married to another Prince William County police officer, Robin Yung, and the two had three children.
Yung's death is the third line-of-duty death in the department's 40-year history.
In October 1973, Officer "Pete" White was killed in a traffic crash in Haymarket. In November 1990, Officer Michael Pennington was shot and killed in a SWAT standoff in Dale City.
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