Update – Deceased’s Name and Additional Information Released in Deputy-Involved Shooting
Mason Police District – Detectives from the Major Crimes Division continue their investigation into the Deputy-Involved Shooting that occurred on Monday, August 15 shortly before 10 p.m. Late this afternoon detectives were able to locate and confirm the deceased’s next of kin. The deceased is 29-year-old, Jovany Martinez; of no fixed address. We are grateful for the assistance of one of our community leaders who was instrumental in helping our detectives locate a family member of Mr. Martinez over the past several days. The following is the best available information at this stage of the investigation which helps us understand how Mr. Martinez arrived at the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus:
At 1:55 p.m. on Monday, August 15th, a uniformed patrol officer in a marked police cruiser was parked in front of a gas station in the 7100 block of Little River Turnpike in Annandale. A man later identified as Mr. Martinez, approached the officer and engaged him in conversation. During that conversation the officer became concerned for Mr. Martinez as it appeared he was either experiencing a medical emergency due to the extreme heat conditions and/or suffering from some form of mental health issue. The officer then requested that medics from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department respond to assess Mr. Martinez. Upon arrival of medics at 2:04 p.m., they assessed Mr. Martinez and subsequently transported him to Inova Fairfax Hospital for further evaluation. The officer also responded to the hospital to ensure hospital staff could provide a mental evaluation in case the officer needed to transport Mr. Martinez to the Merrifield Center for help. Once the medical staff advised the officer that Mr. Martinez was not in mental distress, the officer concluded the medical transport investigation around 4 p.m. and Mr. Martinez was left in the care of medical staff. Mr. Martinez was eventually discharged from the hospital later that evening and security staff assisted him in locating the bus stop for transportation. A short time later the security staff received reports of a suspicious man at the bus stop and that is when security staff observed Mr. Martinez apparently in mental crisis with the sign post he eventually used to strike one of the security guards. At 9:57 p.m., the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications (DPSC) received a 911 call from hospital security advising that there was a male with a bladed weapon at the bus stop for the green parking garage. At 10 p.m., DPSC dispatched a call for service to patrol officers from the Mason District Station at the location. Shortly before the arrival of the Fairfax County Police officers, a Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff who was on duty at the hospital assigned to prisoner duty, responded to the bus stop after hearing the situation via the hospital security radio traffic. After seeing the deputy, Mr. Martinez ran at him with the sign post and swung it at the deputy in an attempt to strike the deputy. The deputy tactically retreated and issued commands to Mr. Martinez to drop the sign post which was being used as a weapon and Mr. Martinez failed to follow the commands and continued to charge at the deputy with the sign post. The deputy discharged his firearm several times striking Mr. Martinez who eventually succumbed to his wounds.
The criminal investigation by detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Major Crimes Division remains very active. Detectives are aware of numerous witnesses who observed Mr. Martinez prior to the shooting and we request they contact Detective Hinson at 703-246-7800, or the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131. You may also contact Crime Solvers electronically by visitingwww.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637) or by calling 1-866-411-TIPS(8477).
This information is preliminary and subject to change as the investigation continues.