A man living in a van was fatally shot by Constable Trevor Jones in Lorton on Feb. 15, according to Fairfax County Police. No charges will be filed against Jones.
LORTON, Va. — Prosecutors have reviewed body-worn camera footage of a February shooting by a Fairfax County police officer and have decided not to bring charges against the officer.
A man believed to be living in a van was fatally shot by Officer Trevor Jones in Lorton, Va., on Feb. 15, according to the Fairfax County Police Department. Bodycam footage of the incident was released on March 16.
FCPD chief Kevin Davis said officers were initially called to the 8300 block of Fitt Court around 8.05am after a resident reported a suspicious van had been parked in the area for at least a day. Two responding officers arrived on scene less than 10 minutes later and said they could not see into the van as the windows were covered. An officer opened the back door, and when he announced his presence, he received no response. Because the car had stolen license plates, officers called a tow truck.
As they gathered information to complete the tow report, Davis said the tow truck driver opened the driver’s side door of the van. A man later identified by police as Michael Vaughn threw himself a blanket in the backseat and got out of the van, armed with a gun.
Officer Jones, the second responding officer and the tow truck driver said Vaughn pointed the gun at the officers. Chief Davis said that, based on his review of body camera footage, officers told the man to drop the gun several times before Jones fired three shots at Vaughn, shooting him twice. times.
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“Officer Jones had a reasonable apprehension of serious injury or death to himself and others involved,” Fairfax County District Attorney Steve Descano wrote. “It was therefore legally permissible for Officer Jones to use the level of force he employed. Accordingly, I find no breach of criminal law on the part of Officer Jones and decline to pursue criminal charges. against him.”
Vaughn was taken to hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. He remains in custody, facing assault charges against police.
Police believe Vaughn lived in his van for an extended period. Davis said investigators found numerous objects inside the vehicle, including what appeared to be dark curtain rods to separate the two front seats from the back of the van. All of the suspect’s personal effects were inside and the van’s windows were tinted, making it difficult to see inside the van.
Davis believes no one, including the 9-1-1 caller, knew someone was in the van.
“It’s annoying because it’s a very safe neighborhood and things like that don’t happen in our neighborhood,” neighbor Christine Becker said after the shooting.
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