Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Thursday February 11, officers were called to a residence in the 6800 block of Silassie Court, in the Lorton area, for a man experiencing emotional distress. He was in possession of a knife, expressed threats to harm himself, and refused to come out of a room in the home. Responding officers quickly established a dialogue with him.
Out of an abundance of caution, Special Operations Division commanders declared a barricade situation at about 3:15 p.m. Numerous police department assets responded to the scene including specially trained crisis negotiators. After several hours of negotiations and based on a totality of the circumstances, a magistrate issued an emergency custody order. Tactical officers, in consultation with medical doctors, senior clinicians with the Mobile Crisis Unit, and Crisis Negotiation Team members, determined the man was exhibiting medical distress and they made an informed decision to enter the room to render care. This did not require force as the door to the room was ajar and officers were already inside the residence.
Tactical officers entered the room shortly after 8 p.m. and deployed the electronic control weapon to incapacitate the man who was still armed with a knife. It was discovered he had a potentially life-threatening, self-inflicted injury and was flown by medevac helicopter (Fairfax 1) for medical treatment.
The law enforcement personnel and healthcare professionals who responded to this event successfully contained the scene, isolated the event, evacuated those in potential danger, and for many hours attempted to negotiate a successful resolution to this matter. However, during the negotiations it was apparent there was a need to intervene based upon the totality of circumstances to prevent the person from further self-inflicted harm.
We appreciate the patience and understanding of the community as we worked to resolve the situation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or despair, please text “CONNECT” to 85511 or call the Crisis Hotlines at 703-527-4077 or 1-800-784-2433. Services are available 24 hours.
Categories: Franconia Police District