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ACCOMAC, Va. -- A Virginia state trooper was shot and one
person was shot to death in Accomack County when troopers attempted
to arrest a fraud suspect in an investigation that included threats
to contaminate water supplies, according to police and court records.
Phil Mann, chief division counsel with the Norfolk FBI office,
said the trooper was shot in the arm and was in good condition.
Virginia State Police did not release the trooper's name.
Mann told The Associated Press that troopers were executing a
warrant on Virginia's Eastern Shore between at approximately 9:40
p.m. in connection with a fraud investigation when gunfire was
Mann said law enforcement officials were attempting to arrest
Ipolito ``Polo'' Campos at his home in Accomac. He said another
occupant of the house fired at police, wounding the trooper. Troopers
returned fire, killing the shooter. Mann would not identify the
victim or give any other details about the shootout.
Mann said Campos was taken into custody.
Charges were filed against Campos earlier in federal court. They
included accusations of using phony immigration documents and a false
Social Security number.
An unidentified person reported to the Accomack County Sheriff's
Department two weeks ago that Campos said he was sent to poison
Virginia's waters and ``if he did not poison the water someone would
kill him,'' according to federal court records.
Mann said the reported threat to the water supplies was being
investigated by the region's Joint Terrorism Task Force, but no
credible evidence exists that any plan was in place to carry out such
an attack. The task force was set up after the Sept. 11 attacks to
investigate such reports.
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