Detectives Investigate Apparent Murder-Suicide

Mason District – Our Major Crimes and Crime Scene detectives continue to investigate after a man and woman were found dead outside of the entrance to an apartment building earlier today. Officers responded to the 3100 block of South Manchester Street in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County at 11:37 this morning after a delivery driver reported a shooting. Officers arrived to find 30-year-old Christopher Brooks and 30-year-old Katherine Martell dead.  Preliminarily, it appears Brooks hit Martel with a Nissan SUV. He then shot her prior to shooting himself. We do not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety. Brooks and Martell had a child together. The child was not at the scene and is safe with a family member. Martell lived in the building near where the shooting occurred. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be conducting autopsies in the next few days to confirm cause of death.

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