Fairfax County police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man by one of their officers during an altercation outside a homeless shelter.
Officers responded to the Eleanor Kennedy Shelter in Fort Belvoir around 6 p.m. Wednesday for a report of several people involved in a fight. A police spokesman said “several individuals” were assaulted and injured by one man. When police arrived they encountered the man, who turned and assaulted one of the officers.
It was unclear which officer shot the man, but one responding officer fired his gun. The man later died at a hospital.
Police have not released the identity of the man or said whether he was affiliated with the homeless shelter. The people assaulted by the man were taken to a hospital, as was the officer who was attacked.
Two officers are on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.