Fairfax County officer shoots gunman in Lorton

A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries Tuesday after an officer shot him while he allegedly raised a rifle at police in Lorton, Va., Fairfax County Police said.

A man is in hospital with life-threatening injuries Tuesday after an officer shot him while he allegedly raised a rifle at police in Lorton, Va., Fairfax County Police said.

Officers responded to calls shortly after 8am for a suspicious red van parked in the 8300 block of Fitt Court and encountered an armed man who police say had been living inside the van for “some time “.

sergeant. Jason Chandler of the Fairfax County Police Department said the shooting happened just before 9 a.m.

Police were going to tow the van, which authorities said had stolen tags in North Carolina.

Police said body camera video showed the tow truck driver arriving at the scene and then opening the driver’s side door of the pickup truck.

One of the officers then pressed a button to open the rear driver’s side passenger door, police said.

It was then that the man exited the vehicle holding a loaded carbine-style 9mm rifle and raised the firearm towards officers.

An officer opened fire.

Several neighbors told the WTO they heard three gunshots. The police could not provide an exact figure.

A neighbor said a young man was on the floor screaming.

At a briefing, Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said he learned the man was wanted for firearms and drugs in Fairfax County after the shooting.

Davis said body camera footage showed officers told the suspect to drop the gun multiple times.

He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and is now in stable condition. Fees are expected shortly. His name has not yet been released.

Davis said the man “clearly” lived out of the van.

“It appears that most if not all of his personal belongings were inside that van,” the chief said. “It seems that, quite logically, he took great steps to ensure that there were curtain rods and dark curtains inside the van as well.”

He said he hoped the suspect would recover quickly.

“We certainly wish him well and his family are no doubt concerned about him and they no doubt have questions that we hope to answer in the near future as well,” Davis said.

Davis said the body camera footage would be released within 30 days.

Below is a map of the area where this happened.

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