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Man who fatally shot Fairfax woman believed to have killed himself

A woman was shot to death Wednesday morning in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County, and police said her attacker was an acquaintance who later killed himself in Arlington Wednesday afternoon.

The woman's name was not released pending identification of the body. Police said she was in her 20s.

The body was found at 7:25 a.m. in the driver’s seat of a car near Orinda Court and Francisco Way in the Sacramento neighborhood, just east of Fort Belvoir, Officer Bud Walker said. Walker said that the woman had been shot more than once and that a shotgun was recovered at the scene.

Police said witnesses reported seeing a black man with dreadlocks, in his 20s or 30s, drive from the scene in a gold vehicle. Walker said investigators think the man and the woman knew each other.

About 4 p.m. Arlington police responded to the 1200 block of South Quincy Street for the report of a man with a gun. When officers approached the man on a sidewalk near an apartment building, he shot himself, said Detective Crystal Nosal. He was pronounced dead a short time later, Nosal said.

On Thursday, Fairfax police identified the man as Antoine Avery, 25, of Crown Grant Drive in Spotsylvania County. Police confirmed that he'd shot the woman earlier Wednesday.

The woman’s shooting is officially the second homicide in Fairfax this year, pending a ruling by the Fairfax prosecutor’s office on the February shooting death of Dirk Smiler in Annandale. The first was Friday, also in the Mount Vernon area.

-- Tom Jackman and Clarence Williams

(editor's note: The post was updated from the original to add the man's name.)

By Maria Glod  |  March 25, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington , Clarence Williams , Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman  
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Sorry about the woman. Not so much about the man - although it was good of him to save the taxpayers some money.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 25, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

At least he had the decency to shoot himself, I wish more of society's garbage would follow in his footsteps.

Posted by: savethepcbs | March 25, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

i knew antoines younger brother, antoine was going through alot. i cant believe something like this would happen. its so sad.

Posted by: xmeliibaby | March 25, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Well that animal did the world a favor by killing himself.

Posted by: jabreal00 | March 26, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I knew Antoine for years. It is really sad. Life is a precious gift from god. No matter what she or he did, no one deserves to die! To call him an animal is wrong! What he did was wrong, but he was not an animal. Only god can judge him! He who is without sin, throw the first stone! R.I.P. Both of you!

Posted by: Chillin703 | March 26, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

His name is/was Antoine Avery and he was loved. To call him 'an animal' - HOW DARE YOU!! We have lost 2 loved ones, Antoine and Morgan. Have the decency to keep your ignorant comments to yourself while our families seek comfort and peace in our Lord.

Posted by: moniqueduncan | March 28, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

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