Postal worker shot by inspector at Virginia post office

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LOVETTSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities say a postal worker has been shot at a northern Virginia post office by an agent for the Postal Service’s Inspector General’s office.

News outlets report that it happened Wednesday morning at the parking lot of the Lovettsville post office in Loudoun County.

The Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General said one of its special agents was “involved in a critical incident which resulted in the agent discharging his firearm.”

The worker was taken to a hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting along with the inspector general’s office.

Officials released no details on what precipitated the shooting.

The post office reopened Wednesday afternoon. Lovettsville is a small town in western Loudoun County, about 55 miles northwest of the nation;s capital.