Update – Subject Charged in Brandishing Case

West Springfield Police District After a thorough investigation, officers took their case before the Chief Magistrate and obtained three misdemeanor summonses for brandishing a firearm for Karnig H. Ohannessian of Bestwicke Court in Burke. Officers went to his home on Tuesday, July 19 and served the summonses. Mr. Ohannessian was very cooperative.

(Original release date July 6, 2016) 

Brandishing a Firearm in Burke

West Springfield Police District – Officers responded to the 6600 block of Bestwicke Court, in Burke on Saturday, June 11, at around 8:13 p.m. for a report of a brandishing. It was reported that a verbal confrontation occurred on the street, between a 49-year-old man and other adults that came from a nearby house. During the argument, the 49-year-old man was observed pointing a firearm at several people. Officers responded and conducted an investigation and determined that the alleged victims had already left the scene.

While the investigation was underway from the first report, on Monday, June 13, at around 7:16 p.m. a 24-year-old man came into the West Springfield District Police Station to file a report about the same incident. Officers then responded to the suspect’s residence and placed him under arrest for brandishing a firearm. The suspect was brought before a magistrate at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center where the officer sought an arrest warrant for brandishing a firearm. The magistrate determined a lack of probable cause based on the proffered facts and declined to issue an arrest warrant. The man was then de-arrested and transported by the officer back to his residence in Burke.

The criminal investigation remains active and is still ongoing. The lead investigating patrol officer will be consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Fairfax County regarding potential charges.

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