PRINCE WILLIAM, VA – A Prince William woman called 9-1-1 on Thursday concerned over her husband’s behavior while armed with a gun. When police caught up to the husband, he was shot dead. It is unknown if the man fired at police first.
On December 10 at 7:14PM, officers responded to a residence located in the 3600 block of Secret Grove Ct in Dumfries (22025) regarding a suicidal individual. The caller reported to police that her husband was making concerning statements and armed with a handgun. When officers arrived at the home, the husband had left the residence and was reportedly on foot with the handgun in the community.
Officers requested helicopter assistance from Fairfax County police to aid in the search. Members of the Crisis Intervention Team and Co-Responder Unit were on scene. As officers were searching for the husband, the helicopter located him in a nearby wooded area where he was seen walking back towards the residence. Officers encountered the husband near the front door of the residence, still armed with the handgun. During the encounter, five officers discharged their Department-issued firearms at the man who was struck an unknown number of times.
At this time, it is unknown if the man discharged his weapon. Officers rendered aid to the man and immediately requested medical assistance. No officers were injured during the incident. The suspect was transported to an area hospital where he later died from his injuries.
The individual has been identified as a 79-year-old man of Dumfries. Between the time of the initial call and the shooting, officers were on scene for over an hour. The involved officers will be placed on routine paid leave. The Prince William County Police Department is the lead agency handling this incident. A criminal investigation and separate administrative investigation are currently underway. More details are still being gathered in this incident and will be released when available. The investigation continues.