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Herndon man in hospital after police shooting

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A Herndon man shot by Fairfax County police early Friday after brandishing a gun at them is hospitalized with life-threatening wounds, police said.

The shooting occurred at a house in the 2500 block of Fallon Drive, just west of the Fairfax County Parkway. Police were called there at about 11:30 p.m. Thursday for a reported domestic situation.

When officers arrived, they learned that a 25-year-old man had been threatening family members, Officer Shelley Broderick said. The family members were able to leave the house and the man remained alone inside, Broderick said.

Tactical officers and negotiators arrived and tried to speak with the man. But the man was "distraught" and "was not complying" with police orders, Broderick said.

Police went to a magistrate and obtained an emergency custody order, which is typically sought in cases involving mentally ill people. Broderick said she could not say whether mental illness was involved, only that the man was distraught.

Tactical officers went into the house at about 3 a.m. Broderick said the man failed to comply with the officers' demands and brandished a handgun at them. The man was shot "several times" by one officer, Broderick said.

The man, whose name was not released, was flown by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Police continue to investigate.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 5, 2010; 10:22 AM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Police Shootings , Tom Jackman  
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