Barricade Successfully Resolved after Shots Fired at Officers

Police were called to a home in the 6200 block of Larkspur Drive on Wednesday, March 2, shortly before 5 p.m. for what was initially reported as a suspicious event; with the possibility of guns involved. As officers were arriving, the Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC), was on the phone with an occupant of the home who was apparently experiencing some sort of distress. When officers approached the home, someone inside the home, fired shots in the direction of the officers. Fortunately, nobody was hit. A perimeter was immediately established around the home and neighbors were quickly advised to remain inside their homes. DPSC sent a reverse 911 and the situation was broadcast via social media. The incident was declared a barricade and SWAT was called in. Crisis Negotiators, the police helicopter (Fairfax 1) and K9 also responded. Franconia Road was shut down in both directions from South Van Dorn Street to Beulah Street for the protection of passing motorists and residents, as well as to facilitate the police operation. DPSC continued to have periodic telephone communication with the suspect inside the home. Shortly after 6:15 p.m., the suspect exited the home, armed with at least one handgun. He was given verbal commands to surrender but he initially refused. Less-lethal force was deployed in the form of a beanbag round from a police shotgun. At the same time, a police canine was released and apprehended the suspect. The 19-year-old suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. There were no injuries to other residents or officers.

Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, addressed the public from the Franconia District Police Station shortly after the incident. It was streamed live on our Facebook page