Reston Police District – The decedent in yesterday’s double shooting/barricade with hostage incident that led to a fatal officer-involved shooting has been identified as Mohammad Azim Doudzai, 32, of 13316 Covered Wagon Lane.
Our investigation has determined the decedent got into an argument with his girlfriend, a 28-year-old woman, at his Herndon-area home yesterday afternoon. She called two of his brothers and they came over to talk to him. The argument escalated when he pulled a gun and shot the two brothers, ages 37 and 23.
The girlfriend and two brothers fled the home, drove to the hospital and called police. Officers responded to both the hospital and the home. They set up a perimeter to isolate the area. During the incident, the suspect set multiple fires inside the home and there were multiple reports of what sounded like gunfire.
As officers attempted negotiations with the suspect, they discovered there was a 29-year-old man trapped inside the home. He was a roommate and not related to the family. When the incident escalated, he hid in a room upstairs and called 911 to report he could not escape. Following the response of the Special Operations Division (SOD), officers made the decision to approach the home out of concern for the hostage, neighbors and suspect. Smoke had filled the home and was billowing out the windows. When a team of officers approached the door, the suspect came out with at least one knife in hand and was shot. Members of SOD quickly entered the home and rescued the hostage.
The officer who deployed lethal force is a 16-year veteran of the police department, currently assigned to the Special Operations Division. The officer has been placed on routine administrative leave while the investigation is conducted.
Crime Scene detectives are still processing the scene, but recovered a gun and a knife from the home. Detectives know both less-lethal and lethal force were deployed and are working arduously to establish a precise sequence of events.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Fairfax County police at 703-691-2131 or you can Crime Solvers electronically by visiting http://www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text-a-tip by texting “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES(274637).