A solemn anniversary in Fredericksburg
Todd Allen Bahr was 40 years old and had been an officer with the Fredericksburg Police Department since 2006. He began as a volunteer auxiliary officer and joined the ranks of career officers on September 21, 2006. Officer Bahr grew up in Stafford County and attended Hartwood Elementary, Gayle Middle School and Stafford High School, graduating in 1986.
On June 6, 2008, at 8:30 p.m., an officer responded to an apartment in the 2300 block of Cowan Boulevard, in the Commons at Cowan Boulevard complex, after a female resident reported that Berryman, her former boyfriend, had made threatening phone calls. At 10:50 p.m., officers responded again to the woman’s apartment after receiving a report that Berryman was outside brandishing a handgun.
At approximately 11:00 p.m., an officer located Berryman sitting in his vehicle in the Park N Shop shopping center. The officer requested backup, and Officer Bahr responded to the shopping center to assist. When officers ordered Berryman out of the vehicle, he sped away with officers following in a brief pursuit. The pursuit ended in a parking lot of the Residences at Belmont Apartments, another apartment complex on Cowan Boulevard that is next to the female complainant’s apartment complex. Berryman jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot into the apartment complex.
At 11:05 p.m., officers searching for Berryman on the scene reported hearing shots fired. Moments later, one Fredericksburg Police officer and two Fredericksburg Sheriff’s deputies encountered Berryman in a parking area near the female complainant’s apartment and exchanged gunfire with him. Officer Todd Bahr was found fatally wounded with a single gunshot to the head. Berryman was struck more than once by police gunfire before he shot himself in the head.