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Details Emerge in Herndon Hostage Situation That Ended in Police Shooting

by Dave Emke — January 17, 2017 at 10:15 am 17 Comments

Fairfax County Police say the man shot and killed Monday afternoon by law enforcement in Herndon lunged at officers with a knife.

It was the end of a two-hour barricade situation in the 13300 block of Covered Wagon Lane that began when police were called to the scene for a report of two men having been shot in a domestic incident. At about 2:40 p.m., officers from the Reston District responded to the residence, where they found the armed suspect had barricaded himself inside.

Other officers responded to the hospital, where the victims — a pair of brothers — had driven themselves.

Officers at the Covered Wagon Lane residence set up a perimeter to isolate the area and began evacuating neighbors. Police say their preliminary investigation reveals the man had fired several shots and started a fire inside the home. Officers later learned there was another man “trapped inside [who] could not escape.”

Members of the Crisis Negotiations Team and SWAT were called to assist. Police say they made several attempts to negotiate with the suspect and have him surrender.

From FCPD:

As smoke inundated the house and billowed out the windows, officers heard repeated gunshots. Officers also observed the suspect holding and moving around with at least one knife. Out of concern for the hostage and the suspect, officers made the decision to approach the home.

As they approached the front door, the suspect stepped outside armed with knife in hand and lunged toward the officers in an aggressive manner. Both less-lethal and deadly force were deployed. The suspect was shot. Officers immediately began rendering aid to him and he was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

WRC-TV’s news chopper recorded the incident, showing an officer throwing an apparent flash grenade into the open door before the suspect emerged.

The two initial victims are expected to survive, police say. The hostage was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the events and trying to determine the relationship between the victims and the suspect, who was identified Tuesday morning as 32-year-old Mohammad Azim Doudzai.

The officer involved in the shooting is on routine administrative leave while the investigation is being conducted, police say. No responding officers were injured.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131, report an anonymous tip to Crime Solvers or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus the message to CRIMES(274637).

  • Mike M

    Crazy event! I am tempted to ask about the relationship between the flash-bang grenade and the fire. But it sounds like some real wacky goings on. And gun or knife.? Just thinking about the County’s trigger happy past and their sitting on facts. Either way, sounds like a favorable outcome. Given the name I am also tempted to wonder about any connections to terror or if there was a simple question of “honor” at issue. It’s been a real diversity parade, first Sunday, then Monday.

    • Guest

      Smoke and stun can ignite fuel, but from video it looks like the fire was already going.

    • Phil

      wonderful more race based assumptions from our wonderful Mike M

      • Mike M

        What am I assuming?

      • The Constitutionalist

        Wonderful, another assumption by our wonderful Phil.

      • Troll Hunter

        Mike M is a big oted troll, it’s long past due for the admin to get the ban hammer out. His hate has already spawned the constitutionalist. A predicted consequence of the acceptance of this behavior. Acceptance is agreement. Sad!

        • Mike M

          TH. You want me banned because I disagree with you.

          • Troll Hunter

            Well it’s more because your racist.

          • Mike M

            Be sure to be very specific TH. But you can’t. I am a little weary of being names because I don’t like lax immigration policies for economic and security reasons. Can’t you and your leftist ilk do any better than that?

          • Ted

            “Today’s FCPD press release lists the suspect as wh1te; however” they were only joshing!”

            While commenting on a crime. I guess wh1te people don’t committ crimes, huh Mike?

          • Mike M

            As we’ve seen in Reston Now, sometimes they do. But not in that case. Have you gone to the courthouse to look at the names on the dockets? Sorry if you don’t like the facts Ted. To tell you the truth, neither do I. But I saw we get serious about gate control and vetting. Extreme, even. We have enough home grown crime. We don’t need to import it.

          • Ted

            Yay! Get extreme!!!

          • Jose

            Way to edit that post! Rethink what you said the first time?

          • Mike M

            ??

          • AltRightRules

            Of course wh1te people commit crimes, but being a privileged class by birthright we can use the system to escape the consequences those of color experience.
            That’s the definition of a birthright privileged, you don’t really earn it, but you deserve it.

  • Mike M (Mike McHugh)

    Crazy event! I am tempted to ask about the relationship between the flash-bang grenade and the fire. But it sounds like some real wacky goings on. And gun or knife.? Just thinking about the County’s trigger happy past and their sitting on facts. Either way, sounds like a favorable outcome. Given the name I am also tempted to wonder about any possible disagreement about a terror plot or if there was a sensitive question of “honor” at issue. It’s been a real diversity parade, first Sunday, then Monday.

    • Phouc Ngo

      Why copy?

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