CHANTILLY, Va. (WDVM) — A 51-year-old man who aimed a weapon at an officer is in the hospital but expected to survive after police opened fire on him, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said in a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier on Tuesday, Fairfax County Police responded to a home on Briarton Drive. An elderly couple called in about their 51-year-old son who lives with them acting in an “unstable manner” and threatening them.
When police arrived, the son was not inside the home. Police worked with the parents and secured an emergency custody order from the magistrate court. When the police returned, they found that the couple was outside the residence and trying to talk to their son inside.
Police said they entered the residence and attempted to serve the order, but the commander made a call to situate outside the residence in an effort to de-escalate. Shortly after, the son came outside the door armed with a compound bow and arrow.
Police said he aimed the weapon at one of their uniformed officers when police fired a shot and struck the man’s upper body. He was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.
“Thankfully, no Fairfax County police are harmed; thankfully, mom and dad are not harmed. [It is] certainly a difficult situation for the family; imagine as a parent, you have to get the law enforcement involved because you are threatened by your son — certainly not an easy scenario.” Chief Davis said.
Police said the man was previously known and has a history with law enforcement. The investigation is still ongoing.