Man Dies in Domestic-Related Stabbing in Vienna

Fair Oaks Police District – On Saturday, March 5 Axel Buschmann, 26, of Vienna, was released from the hospital. Buschmann was taken to the Adult Detention Center where he was served with a warrant for second degree murder. He remains held without bond.

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(Original release date: March 3, 2022)

Fair Oaks Police District – A 59-year-old man died last night in a fatal stabbing that occurred in the 9800 block of Palace Green Way in Vienna. Officers were called at 5:33 p.m. to the intersection of Chain Bridge Road and Babcock Rd for the report of a man in the road with a knife. When officers found the man covered in blood, he discarded his jacket on the ground. Officers observed a kitchen knife near the jacket as he walked away. Officers were able to safely take him into custody. The man was taken to a hospital for injuries that were not considered life threatening and placed under an Emergency Custody Order for further evaluation.  

While at the hospital, the man was identified as Axel Buschmann, 26, of Vienna. Officers determined where he lived and based on the blood on his clothing, responded to do a welfare check at the home. As officers looked inside the home, they saw a man lying on the ground and appeared to be unconscious. Officers made entry into the home through an unlocked door and found the man suffering from stab wounds to the upper body. Fire and rescue personnel responded and pronounced him deceased at the scene.  

Preliminarily, the victim, Michael Buschmann, of Vienna, resided at the home with his wife and son, Axel. Last night, Axel and Michael were the only two at the home when Axel stabbed his father then left. Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances that led to the stabbing. Axel has since been charged with second degree murder. He remains at a local hospital receiving further treatment. Once he is released, he will be taken to the Adult Detention Center. A mugshot will be available after the warrant is served.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this incident to contact them at 703-246-7800, option 2. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.   

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.  

This is the fifth homicide of the year in Fairfax County. Year to date, there were two homicides at this point in 2021.

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