Husband Charged in Central Park Circle Homicide

Mount Vernon Police District – Detectives from our Major Crimes Bureau are investigating a domestic-related homicide that occurred inside an Alexandria home. 

At approximately 3:19 a.m. on Sept. 4, officers responded to the 7900 block of Central Park Circle for a report of a shooting. Shortly after arriving, officers heard a gunshot and entered the residence to find Daphne Saunders-Johnson, 59, and James Johnson, 62, suffering from gunshot wounds. The married couple lived in the home and were both taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Saunders-Johnson was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Johnson remains at the hospital in critical but stable condition. 

Preliminarily, detectives believe Johnson shot his wife before shooting himself. A firearm was located within the home. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will complete an autopsy to confirm the manner and cause of Saunders-Johnson’s death. 

After consultation with the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney, Johnson was charged with second degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Johnson will be transferred to the Adult Detention Center upon his release from the hospital.  

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

This is the fifteenth homicide in Fairfax County this year, compared to seventeen in 2021.  

The Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Division of the Department of Family Services would like to remind the community that there are many resources available for people experiencing domestic violence. The 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline, 703-360-7273; TTY 711, is a way to access community resources in Virginia and surrounding jurisdictions. DSVS offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.

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