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2/4/20101NNUM25
drug production
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Fairfax County Police Department
On Thursday, February 4, 2010, the Department of Public Safety Communications received a 911 call that a man with a history of mental illness was using illegal narcotics, possessed a semi-automatic weapon, and made references regarding a “shootout.” Based on the man’s history and information provided by the complainant, the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) was called out to take lead on the case. Additional entities to include the Crisis Negotiations Team and K9 were called to the scene to assist. Multiple unsuccessful attempts were made to establish contact with the man inside the residence. An Emergency Custody Order was issued by a magistrate, which obligated the Police Department to take physical custody of the individual and transport him to a facility where he could receive mental health treatment. A dialogue was established between the man and a uniformed SWAT officer positioned outside a basement window. The SWAT officer identified himself as an officer and attempted to persuade the man to surrender by exiting the front door. As the SWAT officer continued to negotiate with the man, other uniformed SWAT officers and a K9 officer positioned themselves inside the home but outside of the man’s bedroom. The subject suddenly charged from his location and fired a weapon multiple times at officers. A SWAT officer, who was positioned inside the home, immediately discharged his service weapon striking the subject. A SWAT medical officer and the Operations Medical Director immediately provided aid until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel. The man was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was treated for his injuries. The man’s weapon, a BB gun that is powered by a CO₂ cartridge, was recovered at the scene.
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BB gun; mental illness
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11/4/20101NNUM50
suspicious vehicle
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Fairfax County Police Department
On Thursday, November 4, 2010, at approximately 4:34 p.m., uniformed officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle complaint in the 2900 block of Westcott Street in Falls Church. A check of the provided vehicle registration revealed that the vehicle had been stolen the previous day. The officer confirmed the stolen status over the radio with the dispatcher. The officer parked his marked police vehicle about twenty yards away from the stolen vehicle and waited on additional officers to arrive. The suspect exited the stolen vehicle resulting in the officer displaying his service weapon and commanding the suspect to get on the ground. The suspect fled the scene causing the officer to give chase on foot. The officer was able to grab him and a struggle ensued. A second uniformed officer arrived on scene, and expeditiously exited his unmarked police vehicle to assist the first officer with the suspect. The second officer deployed his electronic control weapon, but it had no effect. The officers continued to struggle with the suspect trying to place him in handcuffs. The suspect punched the first officer in the face, allowing him to free himself from the officers’ grasp. The first officer then deployed oleoresin capsicum spray on the suspect to try to prevent his escape, but that had little effect. The suspect was able to enter the second officer’s unmarked police vehicle, which had been left running, and drive it away. A short time later, he returned to the scene, exited the stolen police vehicle and entered the original stolen vehicle. The second officer drew his service weapon and gave the verbal commands, “Police, don’t move,” but the suspect failed to comply and drove away. The second officer called a vehicle pursuit and additional uniformed officers, in marked police vehicles joined the pursuit. An uninvolved uniformed officer was marked out on a traffic stop at the 2800 block of Graham Road. Realizing the pursuit was likely to pass his location, the officer deployed Stop Sticks in an effort to end the pursuit and took a position of cover. The suspect slowed down and veered to the left to avoid the Stop Sticks. The officer removed himself from his position of cover and changed the location of the Stop Sticks to attempt to disable the suspect’s vehicle. The driver again changed his direction of travel, made a sharp turn toward the officer and accelerated toward him. The officer, now without cover, drew his service weapon, pointed it at the suspect and commanded, “Stop, police.” The driver continued in the officer’s direction and the officer discharged his service weapon at the approaching vehicle, striking the driver. The driver changed his direction of travel again and the pursuit continued. The suspect eventually side-swiped a police vehicle that tried to stop him and the pursuit concluded when another officer successfully utilized the Precision Immobilization Technique to disable the vehicle. The suspect was taken into custody after a brief struggle. The officers rendered aid until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel.
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4/22/20111FNUM49stabbingNA1UM
Fairfax County Police Department
On Friday, April 22, 2011, at approximately 5:30 p.m., a uniformed officer in an unmarked police vehicle, responded to a stabbing call in the 6600 block of Backlick Road in Springfield. An unknown suspect randomly stabbed a man, who was waiting at a bus stop, in the face. The victim fled to a nearby business with the suspect in pursuit. The occupants of the business allowed the victim in and locked the door to deny the suspect entry. Unable to enter the business, he then fled on foot and the police were called. The responding officer located the suspect nearby, activated his emergency lights on his vehicle, and parked his cruiser. The officer approached the suspect who had his hands in his pockets. The officer issued verbal commands for the suspect to stop, display his hands and lay down on the ground. The suspect pulled a knife out of his pocket, held it over his head and charged toward the officer. The officer retreated while issuing commands. The suspect ignored the commands and continued to advance. The officer discharged his service weapon striking the suspect. The suspect continued advancing with the knife raised above his head when the officer discharged his service weapon a second time, striking him and causing him to fall to the ground. Additional responding officers provided medical aid to the suspect until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel. The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene from his injuries. The knife was recovered at the scene.
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7/21/20111FYUM34
emotionally disturbed person call
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Fairfax County Police Department
On Thursday, July 21, 2011, at approximately 1:38 a.m., uniformed officers in marked police vehicles responded to a call regarding an emotionally disturbed person in the 6100 block of Kendra Way in Centreville. The complainant reported that a man was “freaking out” and “destroying the whole house.” The responding officers heard a man screaming and glass breaking as they approached the residence. While the officers were standing near the front yard speaking to the complainant, the man opened the garage door and exited with a large knife in his hand. The officers drew their service weapons and gave commands for the man to drop the knife. The man threatened to “gut” the officers before he returned inside the residence. The officers established a perimeter around the residence. The complainant disclosed the man had access to firearms inside the residence. An officer later observed the man through a window holding a shotgun and several officers heard the sound of the shotgun being manipulated from inside the home. The man exited the front door of the residence holding the shotgun. Officers issued commands for him to stop and drop the gun. The man advanced towards the officers who were set up on one of the perimeter locations. As he advanced, he raised his shotgun in their direction, resulting in one officer discharging his police issued shotgun, striking the man. A second officer simultaneously discharged his service weapon, missing the man. Several officers immediately provided medical aid to the man until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel. He was pronounced deceased at the scene from his injuries. The man’s loaded shotgun and knife were recovered at the scene. More firearms were located inside the residence.
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5/19/20121FNUMU
suspicious event
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Fairfax County Police Department
On Sunday, May 20, 2012, at approximately 11:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to a suspicious event in the 5700 block of Backlick Road in Springfield. The complainant met with officers at a nearby school and told them there was a man inside his home that did not live there. The complainant knew him and believed the man to be dangerous and wanted by police. Additional investigation confirmed the man did have multiple outstanding warrants and had eluded capture the previous day. Uniformed officers, from patrol and the K9 section, attempted to serve the outstanding warrants at the residence at approximately 12:58 a.m. The officers searched the residence and discovered a locked bedroom door. The officers forced open the door and encountered the wanted man holding a samurai sword in an aggressive stance. He refused police commands to drop the sword. One officer discharged his service weapon, striking him. A second officer simultaneously discharged less-lethal bean-sock projectiles from his police issued shotgun.The officers rendered aid until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel. The wanted man was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The samurai sword was recovered at the scene.
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5/28/20121NNUM61911 hang-upNA2UU;M
Fairfax County Police Department
On Monday, May 28, 2012, at approximately 11:45 a.m., uniformed officers in marked police vehicles responded to a 911 hang-up in the 5700 block of Olde Mill Court in Alexandria. The responding officers were familiar with the address and knew the resident had an active warrant. The officers made initial contact with the wanted man at his front door. He stated the 911 call was a mistake and closed the door on the officers. Because he was wanted on the outstanding warrant, the first officer opened the unlocked door and placed his baton in the doorway to prevent the suspect from closing the door again. The suspect grabbed the officer’s baton and attempted to pull it from the officer’s grasp. A second and third officer then pushed the door open as the first officer struggled to maintain control of his baton. The wanted man was no longer near the door when the three officers made entry into the apartment. The first officer observed him standing six to seven feet away and holding a knife. Officers issued commands for him to drop the knife, but he advanced towards the officers waving the knife at them. The officers retreated but he continued to advance, resulting in the first officer discharging his service weapon and striking the wanted man. A second officer simultaneously deployed his electronic control weapon causing the suspect to drop the knife as he fell to the ground. Officers immediately rendered aid to the wanted man until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel. The knife was recovered at the scene. The suspect was subsequently charged with Destruction of Property and Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.
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Knife; first officer shot, second officer deployed taser
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7/8/20122N;FN;YUM;M21NANA1UU;M
Fairfax County Police Department
On Sunday, July 8, 2012, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a uniformed officer in a marked police vehicle, noticed two men wearing rolled up ski masks on their heads near the intersection of Sky View Drive and Hanrahan Place in Alexandria. The men fled the area before the officer could make contact with them. The officer requested the assistance of a second uniformed officer. The first officer encountered the two men at Frye Road and Odessa Drive and conducted a subject stop. The officer noticed one of the men had a knife protruding from his waistband and asked him to hand it over. As the man handed the knife over to the officer, the second man ran from the scene. The second officer had just arrived on scene and both officers pursued the man on foot. During the brief foot pursuit, the first officer yelled, “Stop, police!” The man continued to run until he collided with a fence which resulted in him falling backwards and dropping a firearm. The officers grabbed the man in an attempt to detain him, but he resisted and picked up his gun. The man fired a shot during the struggle and shot himself in the leg. The two officers and the man fell to the ground after the shot was fired and continued to struggle. The man lifted the gun and began to point it at the second officer. The second officer drew his service weapon as the man fired a shot at the officer which just missed the officer’s head. The officer then discharged his service weapon, striking the man. Fire and Rescue personnel were immediately requested. Based on the extent of the man’s injuries, officers could not render aid. The man was pronounced deceased at the scene from his injuries. The man’s weapon, a .357 caliber, revolver, loaded with four remaining bullets, was recovered at the scene.
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4/9/20131NNUM37suicidal textsNA3UU;U;M
Fairfax County Police Department
On Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at approximately 4:09 p.m., uniformed officers in marked police vehicles, responded to a call related to an emotionally disturbed person in the 6600 block of Thurlton Way in Alexandria. The complainant reported the man had sent suicidal text messages. The officers were able to make verbal contact with the man by yelling from the unsecured front door into the interior of the residence. The man threatened to shoot the officers, resulting in the officers backing away from the residence and establishing a perimeter outside the residence. The man came to the front door and reached his hand out, pointing a gun at one of the officers on the perimeter. Two officers responded by discharging their service weapons while a third officer discharged his police issued rifle. The man was struck, retreated back into the home and collapsed. Officers approached and rendered aid to the man until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel. The man was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The weapon, a semi-automatic plastic replica handgun, was recovered at the scene. The person was subsequently charged with Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer.
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Semi-automatic plastic replica handgun
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8/29/20131FNUM46
domestic dispute
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Fairfax County Police Department
Geer, 46, was a kitchen contractor who lived with his partner of 24 years, Maura Harrington, and their two teenaged daughters in a townhouse on Pebble Brook Court. The couple had been slowly breaking up, Harrington said, and on the morning of the shooting she told Geer she had signed a lease on an apartment. Geer began drinking, court records show, and by early afternoon he began tossing furniture and other belongings of Harrington’s onto the front yard. The couple’s daughters called Harrington, who came home from work and tried to calm Geer down. Instead, she said, when she followed him inside, he tossed an empty suitcase down the stairs and hit her in the head, so she called 911 and reported, “he’s just throwing everything out of the house of mine.” She also reported that Geer owned shotguns and handguns, but they were locked up. Geer stood behind his screen door with his hands spread on top of it. Barnes told investigators he was trying to convince Geer to come outside, and that Geer was unnerved by Torres silently pointing his gun at Geer’s chest. Barnes said at one point he told Torres to lower his weapon, but when Geer moved one hand to scratch his nose, Torres returned his aim to center mass. Then at 3:34 p.m., while Geer and Barnes were still talking, Torres suddenly shot once into Geer’s chest from a distance of 17 feet. Geer turned, closed the front door and collapsed behind it.
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10/30/20131FNUM28fightNA1UM
Fairfax County Police Department
On Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at approximately 7:01 p.m., uniformed officers in marked police vehicles responded to a fight call in the 9100 block of Richmond Highway in Alexandria. Prior to the police arriving, the suspect allegedly attacked multiple citizens with his fists, causing serious injuries. These attacks were reportedly unprovoked. The first responding officer encountered the suspect in the parking lot where the suspect initially laid down on the ground. As the officer approached, the suspect jumped to his feet. The officer gave commands for the suspect to lie back down, but he continued to advance on the officer. The officer utilized his baton to strike the suspect in the thigh with no effect. The officer attempted to strike the suspect a second time, but the suspect took away the officer’s baton and struck the officer. The second officer arrived on scene and deployed one cartridge from his electronic control weapon (ECW), with no effect. The first officer then deployed oleoresin capsicum spray on the suspect, with no effect. The second officer attempted to deploy a second cartridge from his ECW, but was struck by the suspect with the police baton, causing the officer to drop the ECW. Both officers drew their service weapons and continued to issue verbal commands to the suspect to drop the baton and get on the ground. As the suspect advanced on the second officer with the baton over his head, the second officer discharged his service weapon, striking the suspect resulting in him going to the ground. Officers attempted to render aid, but the suspect continued to fight the officers while on the ground. The officers were able to control the suspect in order for Fire and Rescue personnel to render aid. The suspect was pronounced deceased while being transported to Fort Belvoir (Dewitt) Community Hospital. The police baton was recovered at the scene.
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9/8/20141NYUMU
armed, suicidal person
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Fairfax County Police Department
On, Monday, September 8, 2014, at approximately 1:18 p.m., uniformed officers in marked police vehicles, responded to a call regarding an emotionally disturbed person in the 7000 block of Old Keene Mill Road in Springfield. The complainant reported the man was depressed and possibly armed with a firearm. Responding officers observed a man sitting in a courtyard. From a distance, the officers tried to negotiate with the man to drop his firearm and exit the courtyard. The man confirmed verbally to the officers that he was armed with a firearm. While the negotiations were occurring, additional officers established a perimeter around the area and evacuated nearby citizens for their safety. At approximately 2:43 p.m., while the officers continued to negotiate his safe surrender, the man stood up and pointed the gun in the direction of the officers. One officer discharged his police issued rifle, striking the person causing him to drop the gun and fall to the ground. While a K9 officer and two patrol officers were approaching the man to render aid, the man began to reach for his firearm. The K9 officer issued verbal commands for the person to stop which he failed to comply with. The K9 officer discharged his service weapon, striking the person a second time. The officers secured the person and his firearm then rendered aid to until relieved by Fire and Rescue personnel. The person was treated at Inova Fairfax Hospital. The weapon, a .38 caliber revolver loaded with six bullets, was recovered at the scene
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.38 caliber revolver; victim in his 60s
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11/2/20141NNUUU
pursuit of a vehicle
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Fairfax County Police Department
On Sunday, November 2, 2014, at approximately 4:31 a.m., uniformed officers responded to assist another jurisdiction that was involved in a traffic pursuit. The pursuit entered Fairfax County at Stonecroft Boulevard and Lee Jackson Memorial Highway in Chantilly. The first officer joined the pursuit in an unmarked police vehicle. As the pursuit continued through Fairfax County, additional officers, in marked police vehicles, joined at various locations. The driver drove his vehicle into a cul-de-sac on Indian Rock Road near Cabells Mill Road. The driver circled the culde-sac and attempted to exit where he had entered. The driver struck the first officer’s unmarked police vehicle and a citizen’s unoccupied parked vehicle. A second officer arrived and utilized his marked police vehicle to block the driver’s exit from the cul-de-sac. The driver reversed his vehicle and made another attempt to exit the cul-de-sac from a different direction. The first officer then discharged his service weapon at the vehicle’s tires. The second officer then successfully used his police vehicle to pin the driver’s vehicle against an unoccupied citizen’s parked vehicle to prevent escape. The driver was then arrested. There were no injuries as a result of the service weapon discharge.
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5/21/20162N;NY;NB;UM;M24;26armed robberyNA1UU
Fairfax County Police Department
Both suspects charged in the May 21 jewelry store robbery at Brookfield Plaza have now been extradited back to Fairfax County to stand trial. William Timothy Franklin was transported from Charles County, Maryland and Jasminder Sethi was transported from Newark, New Jersey. As of yesterday, both men are being held in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on no bond. The case remains active and the investigation is ongoing.
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