- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A man shot by a Fairfax County deputy sheriff Monday night outside of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia after he threatened the deputy with “some sort of edged weapon” has died, police confirmed Tuesday morning.

Shortly before 10 p.m. on Monday, security at the Falls Church, Virginia, hospital called the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety (DPSC) to report that a “suspicious man with some sort of edged weapon” was seen outside the green garage on the hospital campus, police said.

Police have not released the name of the suspect, but they said he was a Hispanic male about 29 years old who was a patient at the hospital and was recently released.

A security guard had walked the suspect to the bus stop near the garage to assist him in getting home and then the guard returned to the hospital.

People began to complain that there was a “suspicious man” with a weapon near the bus stop by the garage, so the security guard went back outside to the bus stop to investigate.

The suspect then lifted a metal sign post during a “mental episode” and struck the guard, said Col. Edwin C. Roessler Jr., chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, during a press conference Tuesday.

The guard, who contacted police, was treated and released, he said.

Col. Roessler declined to say what the suspect was originally being treated for at the hospital, stating privacy laws.

The deputy was in uniform and on-duty at the hospital, the chief said.

“Unfortunately, the adult male raised the post and began charging at the deputy sheriff. The deputy sheriff gave orders for the adult male to cease his activity. At the same time, the man kept on coming at the deputy sheriff, while the deputy sheriff with his weapon drawn was tactically trying to retreat.

“But unfortunately, the adult male kept on coming at him with the sign post in a cocked position ready to strike,” Col. Roessler said, holding his arms up in demonstration.

That’s when the deputy shot the man with his service weapon, police said.

The chief declined to say how many shots were fired, saying that the investigation is still active.

“Three Fairfax County police officers arrived shortly thereafter and immediately began to render aid to the shot person until rescue arrived. Personnel from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, already on scene at the hospital, arrived quickly and transported the shot person to the hospital a short distance away,” police said in an earlier statement. “His condition was initially said to be non-life-threatening. No deputies or officers were injured.”

However, the suspect later died, police tweeted Tuesday morning. There were no other suspects.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is expected to perform an autopsy of the suspect later in the afternoon.

“Detectives from the Major Crimes Division of the police department responded and have assumed primary responsibility for the criminal investigation. The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an internal investigation and the deputy will be placed on routine administrative leave,” police said.

The police chief said there is a video of the incident, but police are not going to release it since it is still an active investigation.

“The deputy has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 18 years,” said Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid, of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office, at the same joint press conference with Col. Roessler. “The deputy did have crisis intervention training.”

Police have asked anyone with any information to call 703-691-2131.

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