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Update: Man Shot by Deputy Swung, Struck Officers With Metal Signpost

by Karen Goff — August 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm 29 Comments

Signpost used as weapon in attack/Credit: FCPD

The man who was shot and killed by a Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy on Monday night near Inova Fairfax Hospital appeared to be in a mental health crisis as he pulled a metal signpost out of the ground, striking a security officer and lunging at other authorities, Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roesller said.

The Sheriff’s Deputy who shot the man had tried to negotiate with him to put the sign post down, Roessler said at a Tuesday media briefing. When he was unable to diffuse the situation, he shot the man.

The man was immediately given first aid by officers at the scene. Fairfax County Fire Rescue personnel arrived and transported the man back to the hospital, where he died from his injuries about 4 a.m.

“This is a tragic loss of life and includes an event where someone else was injured,” Roessler said. “This is an active situation.”

Police have not identified the man, pending notification of next of kin. Roessler said he was a 29-year-old Hispanic man.

Here is what happened, according to police.

The man was released from Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he was being treated for an undisclosed issue, shortly before 10 p.m. Monday. He was escorted by security staff to a bus stop near the complex’s green garage.

Within a few minutes, two emergency calls came in that someone was swinging a weapon at the bus stop. Hospital security responded, and a guard was struck and injured with the signpost. Security then called 911.

A Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy, on routine assignment guarding jail inmates at Fairfax Hospital, heard the 911 call and responded (as did FCPD officers). The deputy at the scene was an 18-year department veteran who has crisis intervention training, Sheriff Stacey Kincaid said.

“The deputy was crisis trained as was attempting to negotiate,” Roessler said. “But the man raised the post and began charging. The deputy gave the orders to cease and he was trying to retreat, but the man kept charging. He fired his duty weapon, a 40-caliber Glock, and struck the man.”

At first, FCPD said the man’s injuries were not life threatening. A autopsy will be performed, police said.

Anyone who might have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131.

Photo: Signpost used as weapon/Credit: FCPD

  • Mary Cavanaugh

    This is why police shootings should not be reported until all facts are in. Media reports shooting with an element of bias, stirs up all kinds of conjecture. Riots occur and mass damage is done to cities based on zero facts. Later the truth comes out after a city has declared a state of emergency and has again unecessarily cost the taxpayers. #Milwaukee

    • I wonder why an office did not shoot him in the legs or some where else less than deadly force? What about a stun gun? I have had a pistol for many years and in taking lessons many years ago I was advised hat if attacked to first try to wound the attacker rather than go for deadly force immediately. But it seems that now deadly force is the first option.

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        I get it. My point here is that all too often the main stream media sensationalizes these incidents prior to the facts coming in. This immediately gives license to riots tha destroy cities and put a target on Blue Lives head unessarily. I cannot imagine the pressure the our public servants are under these days.

        • Problem solved, taxes down

          Seems like suicide by cop situ. Guy is tired of life, pulls a grotesque stunt and gets his wish. The cop in turn lives on and feels bad for the next day 20 years. Except that he should not.

      • Mike M

        The police are trained like the military: Aim for the center of mass. There are a variety of reasons for this.

      • Why do you bother?

        I came over here to ask that very question. He wasn’t aiming a gun at them – why shoot to kill?

    • Media Judge

      It’s all too obvious u have no idea what talking about. Still your unqualified opinion is better than the press release

      At first, FCPD said the man’s injuries were not life threatening.

      • .

        Don’t shoot. Tazer

        • Mary Cavanaugh

          Next time yo have a gun pointed at your head, or someone breaks into your home and threatens you or your family, see how that tazer works out for you.

          • Mike M

            Next time you get pulled over for a minor traffic infraction, I hope you come out alive. Our public servants aren’t always serving the public well. It’s a tough job and many are simply not up to the task.

          • Mary Cavanaugh

            Some are not, but the majority are. This war on police has made it very difficult to do their job. Next time all these police bashers cal 911 for help, I hope one takes their sweet time. #BlueLivesMatter

          • Mike M

            The police arrive AFTER the fact. If you encounter them out in public, you are in both physical and legal danger. They know that. Some of them get off on that.

          • Why do you bother?

            This man did not have a gun.

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        With a statement like ‘don’t shoot, tazer’, you are unqualified to call me unqualified. Although, no one wants to see a person die unessarily and every case in unique, tazering is not always an option. Take the #DPD situation. Tazering would have really been effective there. SMH

    • Mike M

      Do the rioters care about the truth? I don’t think so, especially if the narrative is not affirming of their basic outlook.

      • Mary Cavanaugh

        No, I do not believe most do but it is still irresponsible of the media to egg this behavior on. I am not necessarily referring to the former Reston Now post but the overall main stream media’s bias.

        • Mike M

          Agreed. Race-baiting is fundamental to a certain Party. We have a presidential candidate who indulges in it gratuitously in order to appeal to a certain audience. Facts are not important to this candidate nor their party. We have a sitting President who has played the same game at the expense of even good police departments like the one in Houston. But before we get carried away, let us not forget that the Police are well-known for covering for each other, even in cases of homicide.

  • Mary Cavanaugh

    Here is a crazy thought, don’t attack a police officer.

    • Mike M

      Here’s a crazier thought: Don’t blindly worship the police. They have been known to be a little quick with the trigger. We still don’t know what happened here. We know what the police are saying. It sounds reasonable. But, it will always sound reasonable coming from them.

      • Meggers

        Nothing I have said indicates I “blindly” worship the police. There are good cops and bad cops, just like good people and bad people. I have had both positive and negative experiences myself. However, I am sick and tired of the police being the scapegoat for criminal and bad behavior. Overall, the majority of police are out there serving the public and putting their lives on the line. Maybe this person was mentally ill as reported, maybe not. However, in many (not all) cases, shooting incidents could have been avoided if the suspect had listened to the officer and followed the law. The current Administration has encouraged lawlessnes and aggression toward the police in general, as has the main stream media. This situation has escalated in the last 8 years, that is a fact. As the police chief of the #DPD said in a very eloquent speech. Too much pressure has been placed on police in communities that are not doing enough to address community issues such as lack of mental health resorces, the disintegration of the family unit, etc.

        • Mike M

          Be as sick and tired as you like. When the government’s agent executes a citizen in the streets, even if it was self-defense, it certainly deserves scrutiny. You said the cop shouldn’t be presumed guilty. OK. But should we presume that about his victim. Not in a free country. We don’t agree on cops. I think most are punks with badges. Although this County had a well-trained force, the Deputies . . . not so much. But as I said before, this looks like reasonable self-defense. Let’s hope the cops don’t prevent an honest investigation as they seem to do by instinct.

          • Meggers

            His “victim” was attacking others and charging the deputy with a large metal object that could kill him. “Execute in the street”….you are really reaching! No bias there, LOL.

          • Mike M

            No he was executed. Was it just? The police say so. Maybe they are right. Is that all you need?

          • John Higgins

            Pardon the unsolicited advice, but save yourself the frustration of engaging folks who clearly have an agenda that leads them to ridiculous statements as long as they support the narrative they would like to offer, regardless of the facts.

            If one wants an example of “execute in the street” suggest they do a news archive search of Sulley District police station, May 8, 2006.

            Apparently the Fairfax police have not read the memo about covering for each other, although we are told it is well known. In 2015, the Fairfax investiagted 579 allegations of police misconduct; 109 of those came from citizens. The other 470 came from brothers in blue who seem to value integrity over “covering up”. Go figure.

          • Mike M

            Can’t hold your own, John? Talk to any retired cop who will level with you. They don’t “rat” on each other and they do abuse their power. They even use the language of gangs. Fairfax might be the worst jurisdiction to demonstrate that because they are extremely well-funded and well trained. But look how long they covered for their “brother in blue” who shot another deranged person a while back. The Deputies are not even close to the same standard. If you know any cops, you know what I am saying is true. My point is fairly unassailable: We don’t know what happened. We should take special care to find out. Yes, this guy was executed. We execute criminals but usually after a trial, so this is a special case worthy of serious investigation. I know that cops shoot white folks too. All those cases interest me without regard to race. It’s a very big deal when the government takes a life, don’t you think?

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Kind of hard to do when the voices in your head are screaming for you to do otherwise.

      The man was mentally ill. They can’t always help what they do.

      • Meggers

        Nothing I have said indicates I “blindly” worship the police. There are good cops and bad cops, just like good people and bad people. I have had both positive and negative experiences myself. However, I am sick and tired of the police being the scapegoat for criminal and bad behavior. Overall, the majority of police are out there serving the oublic and putting their lives on the line. Maybe this person was mentally ill as reported, maybe not. However, in many (not all) cases, shooting incidents could have been avoided if the suspect had listened to the officer and followed the law. You admitted this Administration has encouraged lawlessnes and agression toward the police in general, as has the main stream media. This situation has escalated in the last 8 years, that is a fact. As the police chief of the #DPD said in a very eloquent speech. Too much pressure has been placed on police in communities that are not doing enough to address community issues such as lack of mental health resorces, the disintegration of the family unit, etc.

      • Meggers

        May be true, however, so far the state of the state of the man’s mental health is conjecture, not fact…”appeared to be in a mental health crisis…”

        • Chuck Morningwood

          Right, M. The man’s mental state hasn’t been absolutely established. But he was in the hospital just prior to the incident, he then pulled out a metal sign post, and then charged at a cop with his gun already drawn, ignoring verbal instructions for no apparent reason.

          That sounds to me like a potentially sane person.

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