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Man shot dead in Centreville home invasion

A man was shot to death during an apparent home invasion by two armed men in the Centreville area of Fairfax County Monday morning, and police said a high-powered search of the wooded area did not discover the suspects.

The dead man's name was not released Monday afternoon. The incident occurred about 10:43 a.m., police said, at a 9,000-square foot mansion on Compton Road just east of Route 28. Fairfax police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said the suspects tried to enter the home through its attached four-car garage, and the residents called police to report a robbery in progress.

Caldwell said the victim, whom she described as an "acquaintance" of the family, and some of the family members "got into an altercation" with the suspects, and that the shooting occurred in the garage area.

When police arrived, they found the victim shot to death in the driveway outside the garage. "We do not believe the the suspects were known to the victim or the family," Caldwell said. She declined to say whether the assailants stole anything from the house or victim.

The gunmen fled on foot through the adjacent woods, which border Bull Run and the county line between Fairfax and Prince William counties. Fairfax police mobilized their helicopter and tracking dogs as well as numerous patrol officers, but could not find the men.

The suspects were described as two black men in their 20s, one light-skinned and one dark-skinned, both medium height, both wearing dark clothes. They are considered armed and dangerous, Caldwell said.

-- Tom Jackman

(Note: This post was updated from the original.)

By Tom Jackman  |  May 17, 2010; 4:30 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  
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