Man Arrested for Fatal Shooting in Centreville   

Sully Police District – Detectives have arrested and charged a 31-year-old man for the Feb. 21 fatal shooting of Amaru Amin Shabazz, 37, of Leesburg. Detectives determined that Richard Kenneth Pearson IV, of Falls Church, was at the Centreville home on the night of the shooting. Shabazz arrived at the home to visit an individual who resides there. Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to the shooting but have determined Pearson IV shot Shabazz multiple times inside the home then left prior to officers arriving.

On Mar. 3, following numerous interviews and review of evidence collected from the scene, detectives obtained a warrant for second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Friday, detectives from our Fugitive Track and Apprehension Squad found and arrested Pearson IV. He was taken to the Adult Detention Center and held without bond.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this shooting 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.

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(Originally published on Feb 23, 2022)

Detectives Continue to Investigate after Fatal Shooting in Centreville

Sully Police District – A 37-year-old man died Monday night in a fatal shooting that occurred in the 14800 block of Bodley Square in Centreville. Officers were called at 9:58 p.m. to a townhouse for a report of man who had been shot. Officers found Amaru Amin Shabazz, 37, of Leesburg, inside the home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Fire and rescue personnel pronounced Shabazz deceased at the scene. 

Detectives determined Shabazz was visiting the home. An altercation occurred between Shabazz and individuals which resulted in the fatal shooting. Detectives found multiple guns at the scene and determined numerous rounds were fired inside the residence. Detectives do not believe this was a random act.

A witness to the event stated a man was seen running from the residence after the gunshots. Detectives are asking anyone who may have information about this shooting 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.

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