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Reston Hospital Shooter Charged With Felonies

by Karen Goff — February 11, 2016 at 12:20 pm 10 Comments

Reston Hospital Center with gun damage/Courtesy FCPDFairfax County Police have arrested a man who shot his way into Reston Hospital Center early Wednesday.

William Brock, 52, of Potomac Falls, was arrested at Inova Fairfax Hospital on Wednesday. He has been charged with destruction of property and shooting into an occupied building, both of which are felonies in Virginia, police said.

Brock remains hospitalized, on no bond and under guard, pending his medical release, at which time he will be transferred to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, police said. The firearm was recovered and is being held as evidence.

Brock arrived at Reston Hospital about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. When he tried to enter the Pavilion portion of the hospital and found the doors locked, as they are at night, he shot out a glass door panel to enter the building.

Brock then entered the hospital and encountered staff, who tried to help with the gunshot wound. As they approached, he  displayed the weapon again and allegedly fired a shot inside the building, police said.

The bullet did not strike anyone and there were no injuries.

Hospital security convinced Brock to put down the weapon, and he complied. He was treated and then taken to Fairfax.

Photo of damaged door at Reston Hospital Center/Credit: FCPD

  • Mike M

    This story has some potential to get more interesting each day. So how did this guy shoot himself, if that’s what really happened at 1AM? Why fire when approached by hospital staff? If he weren’t 53, I think answers might come more easily. Drugs, for example. But 52 year-olds don’t often act like this. Suicide attempt? Is he a punk enforcer at 53? Why would someone have their finger on the trigger of a loaded gun at 1AM?

    • Hammer meets Nail.

      Pain can make you do funny things. That’s the easiest explanation. Good thing nobody got heard. I hope everyone recovers from this, a freak incident perhaps.

  • Steve

    The hundreds of people who use the hospital every day now will want to know asap whether RHC will be taking additional security measures to ensure everyone’s safety. Could this incident have been prevented? I am not complaining, just curious as one who uses the hospital often during the year.

    • Karen Goff

      That’s a good question.I will follow up with them.

    • LesAnn620

      I keep wondering if a simple sign that said something along the lines of, “Emergency Room entrance open 24 hours,” (perhaps with hours for those particular doors) would have prevented it. Then again, why on earth did he have the gun with him?

      • Steve

        I know. I’m not sure there is any way to prevent mentally challenged people from doing irrational things. Still, I’d feel better if RHC outlined the security steps they currently take or are planning to take to assure me and my family’s safety there.

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  • RanndymChance

    How come the media didn’t report his name for days? I’m curious what his job is. I’m guessing he’s in law enforcement or a law enforcement adjacent job.

    • Karen Goff

      We reported it when the police released it, which was about 24 hours after they first released info on the crime. That’s pretty standard – not to ID unless someone is charged with something.

  • Steve

    In light of the hospital incident, I thought I would share this just-posted relevant article: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/us/hospital-guns-mental-health.html?emc=edit_na_20160212&nlid=48376914&ref=headline&_r=0

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